Grassley discusses issues facing rural healthcare providers during visit to Waverly

BREMER COUNTY, IOWA – Today, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) hosted a Q&A at the Rohlf Memorial Clinic and Waverly Health Center to learn more about issues facing healthcare providers. rural health care. They also discussed the Rural Health Clinics Protection Act — a Grassley-led bipartisan bill that was signed into law last year — that has helped several rural health clinics keep their doors open and continue to provide health care services to rural Iowans.

“As a lifelong resident of rural Iowa, I understand the importance of accessing health care services close to home. I have made this a top priority to ensure that all Iowans, regardless of zip code, have access to high-quality, affordable care, including through the Rural Health Clinics Protection Act, working to support rural Medicare hospital programs and creating the Rural Emergency Hospital program. I appreciated having the chance to visit Rohlf Memorial Clinic and Waverly Health Center today to discuss ways we can continue to work together to ensure the success of rural health care providers,” said Grassley.

“The Rural Health Clinics Protection Act enables our clinic to continue to provide high quality health care to Waverly and surrounding rural communities. We appreciate Senator Grassley’s leadership in this effort,” said Sherri Greenlee, senior clinic administrator at UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine – Rohlf Memorial Clinic.

Grassley meets the Iowans during a stop in Waverly. Other downloadable images are available HERE.

When several rural health clinics faced reduced reimbursement last year – including Denver, Grinnell, Hawarden, North English, Ottumwa, Perry and Waverly – Grassley introduced the Rural Health Clinics Protection Act to ensure that Iowans in these communities continue to have access to health care. This year, Grassley presented the Rural Hospital Support Act
provide rural hospitals with financial stability and security.
In 2020, Grassley was instrumental in signing the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation. REH offers a financial lifeline to providers by allowing some rural hospitals to customize their healthcare infrastructure and provide services better suited to the specific needs of their patient populations. The policy creates a new voluntary Medicare payment designation that allows a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) or a small rural hospital with fewer than 50 beds to convert to a REH. The goal is to preserve patient access to emergency medical care in rural areas that can no longer support a fully operational inpatient hospital.
As chair of the finance committee during the 116th Congress, Grassley worked successfully to support rural health care providers, including supporting rural hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and conducting telehealth rounds. a permanent benefit under Medicare.

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