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Urge Congress to Expand Allowable Costs

The CARE Act is currently under consideration in the House and needs your support! Has your Member of Congress signed on to co-sponsor the Critical Access and Rural Equity (CARE) Act? Click here to find out. If your Member has not yet signed on to...


Rural Hospital Closures Increased with Falling Inpatient Use

October 10, 2018

The GAO found that most rural hospital closures were the result of financial distress. A 2016 study found that rural hospitals that closed from 2010-2014 had a medial operating margin of -7.41%. The GAO also found a disproportionately higher number of closures among rural hospitals...

Rural Hospitals Save Lives with Telestroke Care

October 05, 2018

Patients in rural Illinois are able to receive care close to home despite the lack of neurologist on staff in their hospital. A new telestroke care program in Illinois has significantly cut response time in those most crucial moments immediately following a stroke. The program...

Medicaid Expansion States See Sharpest Decline in Rural Uninsured Rates

September 28, 2018

The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families found that the rates of uninsured low-income adult citizens has sharply decreased across the country. Since 2008 and 2009, small towns and rural areas in states that expanded Medicaid have seen the largest decrease...

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