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Introduced in House (04/05/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1955


To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make permanent the extension of the Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) program and the increased payments under the Medicare low-volume hospital program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 5, 2017

Mr. Reed (for himself and Mr. Welch) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make permanent the extension of the Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) program and the increased payments under the Medicare low-volume hospital program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Extension of the Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) program.

(a) Extension of payment methodology.—Section 1886(d)(5)(G) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(d)(5)(G)) is amended—

(1) in clause (i), by striking “, and before October 1, 2017”; and

(2) in clause (ii)(II), by striking “, and before October 1, 2017”.

(b) Conforming amendments.—

(1) EXTENSION OF TARGET AMOUNT.—Section 1886(b)(3)(D) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(b)(3)(D)) is amended—

(A) in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking “, and before October 1, 2017”; and

(B) in clause (iv), by striking “through fiscal year 2017” and inserting “or a subsequent fiscal year”.

(2) PERMITTING HOSPITALS TO DECLINE RECLASSIFICATION.—Section 13501(e)(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 1395ww note) is amended by striking “fiscal year 2000 through fiscal year 2017” and inserting “a subsequent fiscal year”.

SEC. 3. Extension of the increased payments under the Medicare Low-Volume Hospital Program.

Section 1886(d)(12) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(d)(12)) is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (B)—

(A) in the heading, by inserting “for fiscal years 2005 through 2010” after “increase”; and

(B) in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking “and for discharges occurring in fiscal year 2018 and subsequent fiscal years”;

(2) in subparagraph (C)(i)—

(A) by striking “fiscal years 2011 through 2017” each place it appears and inserting “fiscal year 2011 and each subsequent year”; and

(B) by striking “or portion of fiscal year”; and

(3) in subparagraph (D)—

(A) in the heading, by striking “Temporary applicable percentage increase” and inserting “applicable percentage increase beginning with fiscal year 2011”;

(B) by striking “fiscal years 2011 through 2017,” and inserting “fiscal year 2011 and each subsequent fiscal year”; and

(C) by striking “or the portion of fiscal year” each place it appears.