New legislation provides boost to rural hospitals

By Adam Chick

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 1:56 AM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York's rural hospitals in danger of losing money through cuts to medicare funding received a lifeline Wednesday.

Chenango Memorial Hospital is one of those hospitals, a facility in a rural community whose patient count makes it more susceptible to funding cuts.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said Wednesday that reality puts rural hospitals at a disadvantage.

That's why he's pushing for the Low Volume Hospital plan.

Chenango Memorial would have lost an estimated $1.8 million from proposed federal cuts. Hospital officials said that loss would have drastically lowered the quality of patient care.

"The fact that they won, they tried to cut us, the powers that be. We won and I think they're going to be much more careful before they try to cut these programs again," Schumer said.

There are nearly 18 hospitals in New York that qualify for this low-volume hospital program.

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