The following is from our partners, the National Rural Health Association:
On December 31, 2009, a number of rural Medicare add-on payments expired. Although extenders of these provisions were included in both the Senate and House versions of health reform legislation, these payments have lapsed, jeopardizing access to care for rural Medicare beneficiaries, while health reform lingered.
As you well know, rural health care providers operate on a very thin margin and these payments allow them to remain in business and providing care to patients in their communities. Email your Representatives today and urge them to sign on to the Rural Health Care Coalition’s letter supporting the extension of these important provisions as part of any current legislation.