The Colorado legislature passed a resolution to declare March 8 “Protecting Rural Hospitals Day,” but budgetary constraints are worrying rural health leaders.

Colorado hospitals face a reduction of up to $390 million in Medicaid funding under a fee that Gov. John Hickenlooper suggested in his 2017-2018 budget plan.

Steven Summer, CEO and president of the Colorado Hospital Association, called the proposed cut “unprecedented” and worries the cut will result in the collapse of rural hospitals across the state.

SOURCE:, March 9, 2016