December 19, 2007 -
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., today praised the Senate’s passage of the rural health provisions contained in the “Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act,” S. 2499.
“We successfully fought to include extensions of rural health provisions in the Medicare bill passed by the Senate last night,” Barrasso said. “Without this extension,
Rural hospitals are more dependent on Medicare payments as part of their total revenue. In fact, Medicare accounts for approximately 70 percent of total revenue for small, rural hospitals.
Additionally, rural hospitals have lower patient volumes, but these hospitals must compete nationally to recruit doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and emergency medical technicians.
“I am committed to working to strengthen
“Most importantly, I commit to working to aid in the successful recruitment and retention of health care providers in rural
The bill also includes an 18 month extension of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
“I’m pleased SCHIP will continue to provide health insurance for the more than 6,000 low-income children in our state."