2022

June 17, 2022 Lawmakers send FY 2023 IPPS comment letter to CMS on impact of annual MS-DRG changes on rural hospitals | Read the Comment

May 2022 Bipartisan Policy Center releases report on the impact of COVID-19 on the rural health landscape | Read the Report

2021

September 30, 2021 KHN article on COVID-19 death rate in rural America demonstrates continued divide between rural and urban populations with respect to access to care and health outcomes | Read the Article

September 2021 New data brief from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics shows that death rates were higher in rural areas than in urban areas from 1999-2019 | Read the Data Brief

2020

September 2020 HHS releases Rural Action Plan | Read the Plan

August 31, 2020 HHS, FCC and USDA issue a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Rural Telehealth Initiative | Read the Memorandum

August 22, 2020 NPR Report: Rural Hospitals are Sinking Under COVID-19 Financial Pressures | Read the Report

June/July 2020 Lawmakers introduce Coalition-backed legislation to support rural hospitals.  | Read the Bill and Press Release

April 2020 Bipartisan Policy Center releases report: Confronting Rural America’s Health Care Crisis | Read the Report

March 13, 2020 Lawmakers send letter to CMS on MS-DRG classification system and its impact on rural hospitals | Read the Letter

2019

May 14, 2019 Kaiser Health News article on rural hospital closure | Read the Article

May 11, 2019 “Who’s going to take care of these people?” — Washington Post article on rural hospital closures | Read the Article

May 5, 2019 Minnesota’s Star Tribune article on the state of rural hospitals in Minnesota | Read the Article

April 10, 2019 NBC News video segment: Rural hospitals are closing — what now? | Watch the Video

April 10, 2019 Kaiser Health News publishes article on rural hospital closures — Economic Ripples: Hospital Closure Hurts A Town’s Ability To Attract Retirees | Read the Article

March 10, 2019 CBS Sunday Morning airs compelling segment on rural hospital closures and their negative impact on access to health care in rural America | Watch the Video

February 2019 Navigant publishes report on rural hospitals, with new data showing worsening situation for rural hospitals | Read the Report