NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.

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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CBO released estimate of the impact of the American Health Care Act

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released an analysis, also know as a score, of the American Health Care Act passed earlier this month by the House and currently under consideration in the Senate. CBO estimates this bill will result in 23 million fewer people with health insurance over 10 years and would reduce the deficit by $119 billion over 10 years, mainly a result of cuts to the Medicaid program.

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Trump Budget Decimates Rural Heath Safety Net

At a time when rural hospital closures are escalating, and one in three rural hospitals is at financial risk of closing, President Trump’s budget delivers a fatal blow to the rural health care safety net. Catastrophic cuts to the rural health safety net proposed in Trump's budget include:

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Come on Senate - - it's now up to you to fix health reform for rural America

Despite opposition of NRHA and nearly every other provider and patient advocacy group, the House of Representatives today passed the American Health Care Act (which repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act) by a vote of 217 to 213.  Today the House had an opportunity to fix the many issues in the ACA that did not work for the 62 million who live in rural America (lack of plan competition in rural markets, exorbitant premiums, deductibles and co-pays, the co-op collapses, devastating...

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House vote on AHCA expected soon; NRHA calls for Congress to vote NO on bill

The House is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) today. The National Rural Health Association does not support the AHCA and calls on members of Congress to vote no on this legislation.

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A Model for Creating Rural Health Policy Internships

Improving our nation’s rural healthcare system begins with good public policy. On April 28th, Shepherd University hosted a seminar on rural health policy, while also formally launching a new rural policy internship opportunity for the University students.

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NRHA's Response to Omnibus Bill

The House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill today. The legislation includes funding through September 30, 2017 - the end of the fiscal year - and prevents a government shutdown.

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