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Rural hospitals provide essential health care services to nearly 51 million people. Because of their size, modest assets and financial reserves, and higher percentages of Medicare patients, small and rural hospitals disproportionately rely on government payments.

Medicare payment systems often fail to recognize the unique circumstances of small or rural hospitals. A sustained workforce shortage and rising health care liability premiums continue to drive costs higher. The average age of hospital facilities begs improvement and the demand for expensive new information systems climbs, yet access to capital financing is very limited.

With the continuing search by Congress for savings to offset spending, small and rural health care providers are in continual jeopardy of further cuts.

Please use the tabs above to reach out to Congress, to learn more about key rural issues, and to share ideas using new media tools. 

July 19-20, 2017 AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum on Capitol Hill

Action Alert: Weigh-In On Supervision Policy for Outpatient Therapeutic Services

Action Alert: Bipartisan legislation would create new option for rural hospitals
Urge your senators to cosponsor S. 1130

Letter: Sen. Grassley and other members of Congress to CMS:
Implement the Rural Community Hospitals Demonstration Program (RCH) extension

Letter: AHA Supports the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act, S. 1130

2017 Rural Advocacy Agenda

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