Lake help sought to keep Mid City emergency medical care _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Emergency Room signs at Baton Rouge General Mid City have been taken down and replaced with smaller temporary signs until the Hospital's Emergency Room closes at the end of March.

Baton Rouge General's decision to close its Mid City Emergency Room is an early warning to states that rejected federal funding to expand Medicaid, according to a Bloomberg News report.

The story says the closure is "a real- world ripple effect of the ideological clash over President Barack Obama's health-care law."

Nationwide, charity hospitals will lose billions of federal aid in late 2016. Expanding Medicaid was supposed to offset those funding cuts.

"It's not survivable," said Shawn Gremminger, a lobbyist for America's Essential Hospitals in Washington "Hospitals are going to close."

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