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Reed Works to Protect Rural Hospitals from Funding Loss

Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Preserve Access to Care in Rural Areas

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Washington, DC, April 5, 2017 | comments

 Congressman Tom Reed will introduce the bipartisan Rural Hospital Access Act that will preserve access to health care for individuals, specifically seniors, in rural areas. The bill will ensure that funding is secured on a permanent basis for Medicare Dependent and Low-Volume hospitals.

“I care about making sure that seniors have access to the health care that they need. Working with my colleagues across the aisle, we have been able to find a patient and senior focused path to ensuring access to care,” Reed stated.

“Vermont’s rural hospitals have a strong reputation for providing high quality health care in the communities they serve,” Rep. Welch said. “This legislation, which ensures resources are permanently available to rural hospitals, will help keep their doors open and enable them to continue to serve the communities that need it the most.”

Rural hospitals are a critical component in ensuring access to healthcare in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. These rural hospitals rely on the funding to serve their communities and ensure access for Medicare dependent patients.

New York’s 23rd Congressional District has three Medicare-dependent hospitals: Corning Hospital, Ira Davenport, and St. Joseph’s of Elmira and three low-volume hospitals: Jones Memorial, Ira Davenport, and St. James Mercy.

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