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HANYS testifies on challenges facing rural healthcare providers

Today, Friday, May 31, Jim Clancy, HANYS senior vice president, state policy, testified on behalf of HANYS before the Assembly Committee on Health about the challenges facing rural healthcare.

Our testimony highlighted the critical roles rural hospitals, nursing homes and health systems play in their communities and the challenging environment they face, as well as HANYS’ state agenda on rural health issues.

HANYS joined other rural health stakeholders in highlighting the many challenges of serving the patients who live in, work in or visit New York’s rural communities. Nationally, rural hospitals are on the brink of survival, with researchers at the University of North Carolina documenting 106 rural hospital closures since 2010. Rural hospitals are challenged by inadequate payments for the care they provide, challenging demographics and workforce shortages, including those impacting hospital partners, such as emergency medical services agencies.

In our testimony, HANYS pointed out the critical role of rural hospitals, often serving as the only providers of primary care, behavioral health services and dental care in their communities.

HANYS will continue to advocate for payment adequacy, workforce support, telemedicine expansion and regulatory flexibility for our rural members. Contact: Karen Rauch

Published May 31, 2019