April 06, 2022
U.S. senators today introduced legislation that would help ensure rural hospitals avoid closure and maintain outstanding care in Pennsylvania and across the nation
The Rural Hospital Support Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D–Scranton) and Chuck Grassley (R–Iowa), would extend and modernize critical federal programs that rural hospitals rely on to serve their communities. The legislation is an important step to maintain access for people in rural areas, Senator Casey said.
“Every American deserves reliable access to health care,” Senator Casey said in a statement. “Rural hospitals can be the difference between life and death in many parts of the U.S. Often, a rural hospital means not only safe, dependable access to health care and emergency health needs, but economic safety and stability for an entire community.”
Here's what you need to know about the Rural Hospital Support Act:
HAP joins the American Hospital Association and other leading health care organizations to support the Rural Hospital Support Act.
HAP is committed to supporting Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals to ensure they remain anchors within their communities. This includes advocating for policies and legislation that support their health care workforce and new models of care. During 2019, HAP supported the creation of Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Model, which provides financial stability for rural hospitals and rewards innovative approaches to delivering health care.
For additional information about the Rural Hospital Support Act, contact Kate Slatt, HAP’s vice president, innovative payment and care delivery.
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