Congressional Action Kit
NRHA has developed three requests for members to ask their senators and representatives:
1) Protect and strengthen all rural hospitals.
2) Support robust funding levels for all rural health programs for fiscal year 2016.
3) Join the Senate Rural Health Caucus or House Rural Health Care Coalition and sponsor key legislation.
NRHA has produced a document outlining the above requests.
Save Rural Hospitals Action Kit
Sixty-six rural hospitals have closed and counting; Right now, 673 additional facilities are vulnerable and could close-this represents over 1/3 of rural hospitals in the U.S.
The rate of closure has steadily increased since sequester and bad debt cuts began to hit rural hospitals; resulting in a rate six times higher in 2015 compared to 2010.Its clear continued cuts in hospital payments have taken their toll, forcing closures and leaving many of our nation's most vulnerable populations without timely access to care.
If Congress doesn't act to stop the bleeding and prevent further closures of rural hospitals, 11.7 million patients will lose direct access to care; patients and local economies will suffer.
Without congressional intervention, layoffs, reduced wages, economic loss, reduced services, or worse, closed doors will occur in more rural communities across America.
NRHA is asking members of Congress to #SaveRural Hospitals.
Materials to review and share
Infographic of the impact of rural hospital closures.
Outline of the economic impact of rural hospitals.
An infographic on the critical condition of CAHs is also available.
The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is tracking the latest CAH closures.
Media release about the Save Rural Hospitals Act.