N.D. bill would give $3.5M to rural hospitalsMost of North Dakota's rural hospitals lose money, and a bill in the state Legislature would give them more state and federal aid.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Most of North Dakota's rural hospitals lose money, and a bill in the state Legislature would give them more state and federal aid.
Hospitals can be “critical access” if they're more than 35 miles from any other hospital. Supporters of the bill say several hospitals may have to close without more aid, and they're vital for rural communities.
Federal and state taxpayers pay hospitals that treat Medicaid patients. Supporters say cuts to those payments have crippled many hospitals.
The bill would give $3.5 million to help cover those costs. About 60 percent would be federal money.
The state House approved the bill 93-1 earlier this month. The Senate Human Services Committee reviewed it Wednesday and took no action.