Congressman Drew Ferguson of Georgia’s Third District and Terri Sewell of Alabama has introduced the Save Rural Hospitals Act of 2023. According to a press release issued on Thursday, “This legislation would help curb hospital closures in rural communities by ensuring fairness in Medicare hospital payments”

Noted in the press release is the fact that 130 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. During the pandemic, closures accelerated to more than 20 closings in 2020 alone. The closures have come as the result of low patient volume along with financial strain that has hit rural communities.

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