Rural Advocacy and Policy


America’s rural hospitals are committed to serving their communities and ensuring local access to high-quality, affordable health care. The AHA is working to ensure federal policies and regulations are updated for 21st century innovation and care delivery, and new resources are invested in rural communities to protect access.

On this page, you can find our most up to date rural advocacy agenda, our rural report, the latest AHA regulatory advisories, comment letters, fact sheets and more.


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2021 Rural Advocacy Agenda

2021 Rural Advocacy Agenda Cover

View and download the 2021 Rural Advocacy Agenda here.

AHA-Supported Bill Would Fix Medicare ACO Benchmarking Flaw, June 15, 2021

A coalition of 13 health care organizations, including the AHA, today voiced support for the Accountable Care in Rural America Act, bipartisan legislation that would revise the benchmarking formula for the Medicare Shared Savings Program to ensure participating accountable care organizations have an equal opportunity to share in savings regardless of their geographic location. This legislation fixes an important flaw in the current MSSP benchmarking methodology – a flaw that systematically disadvantages many ACOs, including a high proportion in rural areas, and makes it harder for them to achieve savings even when they improve quality and reduce costs,” the groups said in a letter of support for the bill. View the entire letter here.

Rural Health Special Message: HHS Announces Funding for Rural COVID-19 Response, June 9, 2021

Rural Health Special Message: HHS Announces Funding for Rural COVID-19 Response

Rural Health Special Message: HHS Announces Funding for Rural COVID-19 Response, June 8, 2021 here.

Final Recommendations: Future of Rural Health Care Task Force, May 2021

Final Recommendations Future Of Rural Health Care Task Force, May 2021

View and download the Final Recommendations Future Of Rural Health Care Task Force, May 2021 here.

Rural Health Special Bulletin; March 11, 2021

Rural Health Special Bulletin; March 11, 2021

View and download the Rural Health Special Bulletin here.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Provisions to Help Rural Hospitals

CARES Act:
Provisions to Help Rural Hospitals

View and download the CARES Fact Sheet here.

 

 

Additional Resources

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