HealthLeaders Media June 28, 2022
Amanda Schiavo

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) want to extend financial programs to help rural hospitals.

A bipartisan initiative led by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) is underway to extend the critical federal financial aid programs that have been helping keep rural hospitals afloat.

The Rural Hospital Support Act aims to extend the Medicare-dependent Hospital and Low-Volume Hospital designations—on a permanent basis—which are set to expire on Oct. 1, 2022.

“Rural hospitals are a lifeline to rural communities,” the legislation says. “In some cases, the closing of a rural hospital can mean the difference between life and death for people in the surrounding communities. Rural hospitals often provide care to patients that are older, sicker and...

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