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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...


Closures of Rural Hospitals Increases Mortality

September 04, 2019

NIH Study Highlights Impacts of ED Openings and Closures for Heart Attack Patients A new study funded by the National Institutes of Health shows the impacts of rural hospitals opening and closing, decreasing and increasing travel time, respectively. The study found that when a new...

Town in Rural Missouri Raises Sales Tax to Save Local Hospital

August 07, 2019

Nevada Regional Medical Center, which serves much of the area between Joplin and Kansas City, was slated to close before voters chose to increase their taxes in order to save the hospital. The increase is projected to raise 800,000 dollars per year, enough to pay...

White House Debuts Postpartum Medicaid Plan

June 20, 2019

“Maternal health is a growing concern,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said at a Kaiser Family Foundation event on June 12, 2019. CMS will be focusing on different ways to improve maternal health in rural areas, including expanding Medicare access to telehealth services and promoting policies...

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