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FQHCs Offered As Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

FQHCs Offered As Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

The recent string of rural hospital closures has been at the forefront of the debate on whether or not to expand Medicaid rolls in Alabama as some citizens find themselves without nearby access to health care.

However, State Rep. Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley), a member of the legislature that represents portions of rural Winston, Walker and Jefferson Counties, suggested an alternative to a potentially costly endeavor as such as Medicaid expansion as a solution to that problem in the form of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).

During an appearance on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” Wadsworth spoke about his district’s experience with one of those facilities, which he touted as a better choice than Medicaid expansion.

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