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Lawmaker calls for rural hospitals to get help from Congress

Congressman Antonio Delgado wants to see help for rural hospitals.

Healthcare networks across the U.S. in rural communities have been impacted by the pandemic. Some have struggled to stay operational.

While that has immediate concerns, the long-term implications are even greater.

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“New York’s 19th congressional district is at risk of losing three hospitals,” Delgado said. “The shuttering of one hospital, let alone three, in a rural area where residents travel long distances for health care and hospitals experience difficulty in retaining and attracting medical professionals, is unconscionable. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored what folks upstate already knew — we need more access to health care facilities, not less.”

The measure addresses rural hospitals that could lose Critical Access Hospital status because of an administrative change in policy by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

If the classification doesn’t change, some could lose their status.



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