#SaveRural Hospitals Action KitThe National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute is the largest rural advocacy event in the country. At the conference you can learn firsthand about the development and implementation of health care policy at the federal level and meet
Fifty-seven rural hospitals have closed; 283 more are on the brink of closure. Since January 2013, more rural hospitals have closed than in the previous 10 years combined.
It's 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, 700,000 patients would 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 Congres 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.
Be sure to also
• Join NRHA's Virtual March for Rural Hospitals. Call, email, Tweet and Facebook your members of Congress, and ask them to protect rural hospitals and patients.
• Attend town halls. Be prepared to ask questions and share your stories about rural hospitals.
• Write a letter or op-ed to your local media.
• Write a letter to your member of Congress.
• Invite your members of Congress and health legislative assistants to tour your facility.
• Hold a press conference about what these programs mean to your hospital and town.
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.
Key legislation and information on the Senate Rural Health Caucus or the House Rural Health Care Coalition.