Lucas Joins RURAL HELP Act to Save Oklahoma Rural Hospitals

Lucas Joins RURAL HELP Act to Save Oklahoma Rural Hospitals

Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) announced today he recently cosponsored Congressman Fed Keller’s (PA-12) Reviewing Urban and Rural Adjustments to Level Hospital Expenses and Lopsided Payments Act, otherwise known as the RURAL HELP Act.

The RURAL HELP Act aims to bring parity to inpatient Medicare reimbursement payments between rural and urban hospitals to help struggling rural hospitals survive by requiring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to determine the precise level of systematic disparity that exists between urban and rural hospital payments under such reimbursements. It also specifies that once the evaluation is completed, the Secretary shall make an adjustment to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) payment policies to make up for the identified disparity.

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