U.S. Rep. Tom Reed of New York is working on a bipartisan bill with Vermont Rep. Peter Welch that would preserve access to hospital care for seniors in rural areas.

Currently there are five hospitals in the 11 counties of Reed’s 23rd Congressional District that are either Medicare-dependent or low-volume hospitals. Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville is one of three hospitals in the district that receive an annual appropriation for low-volume hospitals.

The bill introduced by Reed and Welch, the Rural Hospital Access Act, would ensure that funding is secured on a permanent basis for Medicare-dependent and low-volume hospitals.

SOURCE: oleantimesherald.com, April 11, 2017