Duffy to President: Critical Access Hospitals are Critical to Rural America

Nov 24, 2014Press Release

Leads Bipartisan Group of 45 Lawmakers in Appeal to President Obama 


Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) led an effort with 45 Members of Congress to ask President Obama to refrain from including arbitrary cuts to Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) in his upcoming budget request. 

In their appeal, the lawmakers state, "CAHs play an important role in communities by providing access to primary, emergency, and acute care services. Further, CAHs offer economic security and quality jobs in rural areas across the nation. Budget cuts directed at CAHs in previous years have threatened their ability to act as a safety net for hundreds of thousands of Americans living in rural communities."

The lawmakers make clear that they are in favor of targeted Medicare reforms, but say that the estimated savings from these cuts is insignificant: "We believe these savings are overstated as patients will still need to seek care at other facilities… indiscriminate cuts to CAHs, similar to those included in previous budgets, are not the answer." 
The lawmakers' request was delivered to the President Tuesday. The President is expected to release his budget proposal in early 2015.
Full letter to President Obama: 2014.11.24 CAH letter to Obama.pdf