McLean County Farm Bureau

Current rural health care environment ‘not sustainable’

How are rural hospitals faring as they emerge from the height of the pandemic? That’s a difficult question to answer, according to Alan Morgan, chief executive officer of the National Rural Health Association. From cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and a staffing crisis, Morgan said it’s a “tremendously difficult time for rural providers.” Federal funding helped support operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency, but much of that assistance was temporary. He discussed how policy, collaboration and innovation can improve access to care. READ MORE