Reed Protects Rural and Senior Access to Health Care
Congressman Tom Reed is touting the bipartisan Medicare reform bill passed by the House. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the first reform in decades, was adopted by an overwhelming vote with almost 400 members supporting passage. Reed fought to include the same protections for rural hospitals in this bill as he had proposed in his Rural Hospital Access Act.
Congressman Reed released the following statement:
“The bipartisan Medicare reform passed last week truly helps protect our Southern Tier and Finger Lakes rural hospitals and their patients. It is a solid plan that secures funding for another two and half years so that rural patients can be assured access to care and open hospitals. The bill also provides certainty for doctors treating Medicare patients. That is good for our seniors who depend on Medicare.”
“I care deeply about ensuring access to care for our rural neighbors and senior citizens. With this landmark bipartisan reform the families of Upstate New York can be assured that medical care will be there for them when they need it.”
*NY-23 has 3 designated Medicare Dependent (MDH) hospitals and 4 designated Low-Volume (LVH) Hospitals:
· MDH: Guthrie Corning, Ira Davenport and St. Joseph’s of Elmira
· LVH: Westfield Memorial, Jones Memorial, Ira Davenport, St. James Mercy