Stefanik, Kilmer Introduce Bill to Protect Rural Hospitals

May 10, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) introduced the Protecting Local Access to Care for Everyone (PLACE) Act to allow regional hospitals in rural communities to continue to provide care. This bipartisan legislation would roll back a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that would cut Medicare reimbursements by up to 60% for basic clinic visits at all multi-campus regional hospitals. This legislation would help recoup a total of more than $58 million for many hospitals in NY-21, including Canton-Potsdam, Glens Falls, Samaritan Medical Center, Nathan Littauer, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (UVM), Claxton-Hepburn, Adirondack Medical Center, and Massena.

“My district is home to many regional hospitals that are currently struggling under CMS’ new policy,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Reducing Medicare reimbursements for these regional hospitals will result in the loss of a principal source of primary care for North Country families. This bipartisan legislation would prevent the CMS policy from being enacted so that rural community hospitals can continue to provide high quality, accessible health care to their patients.”

The bill is supported by the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals.

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