First District Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran has introduced legislation that would support Kansas rural hospitals and help the patients they serve. The measure called the Enhanced Rural Health Care Extension Act of 2009 or H.R. 3806. If passed, it would extend funding for the Rural Community Hospital Program and allow Kansas hospitals to be considered for participation.
Kansas was not initially selected as one of the states to participate in the program. The ten least sparsely populated states in the U.S. were originally authorized for participation. Kansas was excluded from participation because it ranks 11th in population density.
Moran’s bill would extend the program by 5 additional years and expand the program to include and consider hospitals from the 15-states with the lowest population density in the U.S.
Moran said, “While health care costs are important, of equal importance is access to care because it does no good to have an insurance card if these is no physician, nurse or hospital to administer care.”
Moran is Chairman of the House Rural Health Care Coalition.