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Kinzinger Reintroduces Bill to Save Rural Hospitals

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Washington, DC, March 11, 2021 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
This week, the Congressman re-introduced legislation that he authored last Congress to provide relief to struggling rural hospitals and the communities that rely on them.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) has long been a champion for rural hospitals and recognizes the critical role they play in ensuring our rural communities have reliable access to healthcare. This week, the Congressman re-introduced legislation that he authored last Congress to provide relief to struggling rural hospitals and the communities that rely on them.

The Rural Hospital Closure Relief Act (H.R. 1639) would expand and utilize a tested and proven rural payment system, the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) program, in order to stabilize vulnerable hospitals serving our rural communities until a long-term payment model is developed. In the midst of a global pandemic, it is more important than ever for patients to have reliable access to health care, including in rural areas.

On re-introducing his legislation, Congressman Kinzinger said this:

“Rural hospitals are critical in communities across IL-16 and the country. As we continue to battle COVID-19, we must take swift action to protect the critical healthcare infrastructure providing care in our rural communities.

“I’m pleased to have the support of my House and Senate colleagues as we work to designate these struggling rural facilities as ‘Critical Access Hospitals’ (CAHs) for the patients and communities relying on the services they provide.”

The bill text for the H.R. 1639, the Rural Hospital Closure Relief Act, can be found attached and on the Congressman’s website here.

Congressman Kinzinger first introduced the measure as H.R. 5481 on December 18, 2019 with Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA). In the House, Congressmen Kinzinger and Panetta garnered bipartisan support from 22 of their colleagues. The Senate companion measure will be re-introduced by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and James Lankford (R-OK).

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