Health Care In Rural Ga. Faces Challenges Despite Subsidies Win

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the subsidies provided by the health care law last week, ruling that a key provision of the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.
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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the health care law last week in its ruling that subsidies provided under “Obamacare” do not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Thousands of Georgia residents, many in rural areas of the state, are now insured because of those subsidies, receiving health care coverage through exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.

There are still plenty of challenges, though, when it comes to rural health care in Georgia. Seven hospitals have closed in rural counties in the state since 2001, according to the state Office of Rural Health. There’s also a shortage of primary care physicians and facilities in these areas.

Dr. Jean Sumner, associate dean of rural health at Mercer University School of Medicine and a primary care physician for 20 years, offers some insight into the state of health care in rural Georgia on “A Closer Look.”