NRHA Save Rural Hospitals Action Center

121 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, with more than 163 and counting closed since 2005. Right now, 673 additional facilities are vulnerable and could close, representing more than one-third of rural hospitals in the U.S.

19 rural hospitals closed in 2019, the greatest single-year total in at least 15 years, according to the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, an NRHA member.

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. And to join us and hundreds of colleagues from across the country at the nation's largest rural advocacy event, NRHA's Rural Health Policy Institute.

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.
NRHA media release about the Save Rural Hospitals Act.
Sample letter in support of H.R. 2957, the Save Rural Hospitals Act.

Be sure to join us at NRHA's next Rural Health Policy Institute.