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Federal proposal threatens rural Kansas hospitals

KSAL Staff - September 21, 2013 12:37 pm

Federal proposal threatens rural Kansas hospitals

Federal proposal threatens rural Kansas hospitals

A proposal by a federal agency’s fiscal watchdog would strip higher Medicare payments from 72 of the 83 rural Kansas hospitals designated as “critical access hospitals.” It is raising fears it will force some facilities to close in sparsely populated communities across the state.

The report from the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has alarmed hospital administrators as well as some lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Kansas will be especially hard hit because it has more of these critical access hospitals than any other state in the nation.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said in a phone interview Friday that it is a huge, significant, compelling issue for Kansas. He says it is one with great consequences.

The cost-cutting proposal would affect 846 hospitals nationwide.

Fuchs Mi

September 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

But he says nothing of what he will do or not do. Let’s get rid of him and get someone who will fight for kansas interests.

rocking grandma

September 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

FUCHS MI, this has to do with Obamacare. Jerry Moran is a Republican and if you recall the Senate is Democrat and so is the President. Congress may be Republican but they get overruled by the Senate and the President. I think Jerry Moran is doing all he can. Until we can change the Senate, we will see no changes in Obamacare! Read the story again, it says its because of a federal law not a state law.

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