As we move into the final weeks before the Nov. 8 election, Democratic gubernatorial nominee and Attorney General Chris Koster is making a point to separate his political stances from the actions of the Missouri General Assembly.In a graphic posted on Instagram, Koster’s campaign wrote, “The legislature’s failure to expand Medicaid has brought crisis to many of Missouri’s rural health care providers.”

To support that, the post stated: “A rural hospital in Missouri closes every 8 months.”That sounded pretty dramatic, so we decided to look into the claim.The post referred to research done by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Koster campaign also directed us to an article from the Springfield News-Leader.What we found in examining the evidence is that not every hospital Koster cited is “rural,” and the hospitals closed for …
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