Congressman Tom Reed Protects Rural Hospitals from Funding Loss
Congressman Tom Reed voted Thursday to pass a six-month extension in funding for the area’s Low-Volume and Medicare-Dependent hospitals programs that expired at the end of September.
“Our rural hospitals will see a much-needed extension in funding as part of the bipartisan budget agreement,” Congressman Reed said. “It’s important we protect and care for our rural hospitals and the jobs they support, just as we rely on them for high-quality care close to home. I am pleased this policy was included and will continue to partner with the rural hospitals moving into next year to ensure long-term program funding.”
Congressman Tom Reed and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced the bipartisan Rural Hospital Access Act earlier this year to reauthorize the Medicare-dependent hospital and enhanced low-volume hospital programs to avoid expiration.
"Vermont's rural hospitals have a strong reputation for providing high quality health care to seniors in the communities they serve," Congressman Welch said. "This legislation will make sure our hospitals continue to serve them in the short term.”
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.