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U.S. Senator Baldwin fighting against Medicare reimbursement cuts to rural hospitals

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is leading an effort to reject proposed cuts in federal reimbursements to rural hospitals that treat Medicare patients.

Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, joined 19 other senators in urging the Senate finance panel not to go ahead with cuts to critical access hospitals.

Those facilities get higher Medicare reimbursements than most, because they serve rural patients with few other health care options.

The Obama White House has proposed removing the critical access designation from any hospital that’s located within 10 miles of another hospital.

Baldwin says at least eight facilities in Wisconsin, and 71 throughout the country, would lose their critical access status and get smaller reimbursements to treat Medicare recipients.

Baldwin says the cuts would quote, “compromise access to health care, and weaken rural economies in Wisconsin and across the country.”