Advocacy

NRHA Save Rural Hospitals Action Center

More than 75 rural hospitals have closed and counting. Right now, 673 additional facilities are vulnerable and could close, representing more than one-third of rural hospitals in the U.S.
 
The rate of closure has steadily increased since sequestration began and bad debt cuts began to hit rural hospitals, resulting in a rate six times higher in 2015 compared to 2010.
 
It’s clear that 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 rural hospital closures, an estimated 11.7 million patients will lose direct access to care while local economies suffer.
 
Without congressional intervention, layoffs, reduced wages, economic loss, reduced services and facility closures will occur in more rural communities across America.
 
NRHA is asking members of Congress to #SaveRural Hospitals.
 

Materials to review and share
 
Information on NRHA's Save Rural Hospitals Act and the future model of the community outpatient hospital.
 
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.
 
Sample letter in support of H.R.3225, the Save Rural Hospitals Act.