Senate delays health care vote; NRHA urges no vote on bill

The Senate has delayed a vote until after the July 4th recess on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), the Senate version of the health care reform bill passed by the House. The National Rural Health Association urges the Senate to vote no on the BCRA.

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3 Amendments Needed in Health Care Reform

The National Rural Health Association is concerned that the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 falls woefully short in making health care affordable and accessible to rural Americans. The Better Care Reconciliation Act will hurt vulnerable populations in rural Americans, leaving millions of the sickest, most underserved populations in our nation without coverage, and further escalating the rural hospital closure crisis.

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The Senate Health Care Reform Bill and Rural America

The National Rural Health Association is disappointed the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the recently released Senate version of the House passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), did not address NRHA's concerns with the AHCA nor shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Neither of the bills address the loss of access to care in rural America or include the three reforms that are needed to remedy the state of rural health in America.

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Senate releases health care reform bill

The Senate released their version of the House passed American Health Care Act entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The text of the bill can be found here. While the bill appears to have some changes from the House version, the bill maintains some of the provisions that led to NRHA's opposition. NRHA is disappointed that the bill includes deep Medicaid cuts that change the program from an open-ended federal commitment to a capped federal payment that limits...

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NRHA endorses reintroduction of Save Rural Hospitals Act to new Congress

Nearly 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and 673 additional facilities are vulnerable to closure — representing over 1/3 of rural hospitals in the U.S. Continued cuts to hospital payments have taken their toll, forcing closures, creating medical deserts across rural America and leaving many of our nation’s most vulnerable populations without timely access to care.

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NRHA to Senate: Vote No on the American Health Care Act

The National Rural Health Association urges the Senate to protect rural Americans’ access to health care and to vote no on the American Health Care Act (AHCA).NRHA does not support the AHCA and has called on members of Congress to vote no on this legislation. While many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not working in rural America, the AHCA does not address the problems and instead provides coverage for fewer rural Americans leading to poorer rural health outcomes and an...

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Recess Tips & Rural Health Care Talking Points

Your Senators and Representatives are back in the district and many are holding town halls. Take advantage of the Congressional recess by reaching out to your elected official to discuss rural health issues that are important to you.

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