Rep. Morgan Griffith and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are working to preserve assistance to small hospitals.
Virginia’s rural hospitals have a tough job even if they weren’t tormented by funding cuts and threats of more cuts. Their patients are aging, have fewer resources and are typically in poorer health than those served by urban and suburban hospitals. It’s a volatile combination, made more potent with the small pool of people reliant on these crucial providers, that makes for unpredictable financial challenges.
Because rural hospitals also are more dependent on Medicare and Medicaid reinbursements, changes and uncertainties in those programs are buffeting these small medical facilities this year.