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The FCC formally added Nursing Homes to its $400 million program which provides broadband subsidies to rural health care providers. While this comes as good news for nursing homes, this brings more competition for Critical Access Hospitals as the $400 million dollars cap has already been easily reached each year. This news comes as the...

As the state of Illinois wraps up its second year without a budget, small hospitals are feeling the strain.  Franklin Hospital in Benton, Illinois, says they’re now owed more than $2 million in unpaid Medicaid and state employee health insurance. The 16-bed critical access hospital serves the area with 24-hour emergency room service,...

Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced a bill designed to close a loophole in the 340B drug program that the lawmakers say unfairly allows drug companies to deny legally mandated discounts on orphan drugs to safety-net hospitals and other clinics serving a disproportionate share of low-income patients....

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a map of projected county by county participation in the health insurance exchanges for 2018. There are 47 counties projected to have no insurers for the 2018 year, and there are 1,200 counties projected to have only one. There are 35,000 active exchange participants...

​More families in small towns and rural areas are enrolled in Medicaid than in urban areas, so rural areas are more likely to feel the effects of any changes to the program, according to a report from health researchers at Georgetown and the University of North Carolina. Joan Alker, executive...

President Trump’s first budget was sent to Capitol Hill last week, and while a few stated that they liked what they saw, it was declared dead on arrival by both Republicans and Democrats.  The budget proposes several cuts to many programs within HHS, including more than $600 billion (on top...