“This legislation is vital to the health of rural hospitals across America. It provides them critical financial support that allows hospitals in small communities to focus on what matters most — quality patient care.
“Rural hospitals are a lifeline for millions of Americans. These facilities are often the largest employer in a community, and drive the local economy. Without local community hospitals, rural patients would have to travel long distances, adversely impacting access to essential, timely care. Additionally, local businesses expect there to be hospital care for a community to thrive. When these hospitals close, the effect radiates.
FAH applauds these members for their leadership and their efforts to protect rural hospitals. We look forward to working with them to ensure this legislation becomes law. It is time for Congress to make a permanent commitment to rural communities.”