Blum Supported Legislation To Help Rural Hospitals Passes House
Program Helps Hospitals Like Grinnell Regional Medical Center
Yesterday, H.R. 5273, the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016 passed the House of Representatives. This legislative package of a number of healthcare bills includes language from H.R. 672, the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Extension Act of 2015 -- which Congressman Blum co-sponsored and encouraged the House Committee on Ways and Means to include in this package. The legislation provides a five year extension of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration program, along with other provisions addressing hospital services. This program includes Grinnell Regional Medical Center along with several other hospitals throughout Iowa.
“This legislation will provide much needed financial certainty for medium sized rural hospitals like Grinnell Regional Medical Center that do not qualify as a Critical Access Hospitals,” said Congressman Blum. “I believe that we must do everything we can to preserve and protect access to Medicare for Iowans who live in smaller communities and rural areas, and the extension of this bipartisan demonstration program is a step in the right direction.”
“Congressman Blum has been a great advocate for this legislation and we appreciate his support. The Congressman and his team made this bill a priority and were instrumental in its passage. Medicare patients in and around Grinnell depend on Grinnell Regional Medical Center and this legislation will help secure ongoing important funding and explore better ways to provide more equitable payment for middle-sized rural hospitals like GRMC,” added Todd Linden, GRMC president.
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.