Rural Health Care
Please use the links under Tell Congress to send issue-specific email messages and phone calls to drive home the need to support rural hospitals. There is also a link in that section to let us know your results. It’s important for our legislative team to know who is being reached and how they’ve responded. You can use our New Media guide to reach out in increasingly effective ways and the Resource links will provide background on important rural issues.
Rural hospitals provide essential health care services to nearly 54 million people, including 9 million Medicare beneficiaries. 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 remain in jeopardy of further cuts.