Text: H.R.7759 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7759


To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to forgive the repayment, extend the timeline of repayment, and lower the interest rate of Medicare hospital accelerated payments made during the COVID–19 public health emergency, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 23, 2020

Mr. Smith of Missouri (for himself, Mr. McKinley, Mrs. Miller, Mr. Long, Mr. Armstrong, Mr. Westerman, Mr. David P. Roe of Tennessee, and Mr. Fortenberry) 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 authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to forgive the repayment, extend the timeline of repayment, and lower the interest rate of Medicare hospital accelerated payments made during the COVID–19 public health emergency, and for other purposes.

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 “Saving Rural Hospitals from Closure Act”.

SEC. 2. Authorizing the forgiveness of repayment, extension of repayment, and lowering of interest rate of Medicare hospital accelerated payments made during the COVID–19 public health emergency.

Section 1815 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395g) is amended—

(1) in subsection (d), by inserting “subject to subsection (f)(5),” after “determination,”; and

(2) in subsection (f)(2)—

(A) in subparagraph (C), by inserting “subject to paragraph (5),” before “the Secretary”; and

(B) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(5) (A) Upon the request of a hospital, the Secretary may forgive the repayment, extend the timeline of repayment described in subparagraph (C)(i), and lower the interest rate of any accelerated payment within 30 days of receiving such request if such a hospital experiences significant financial hardship.

“(B) For purposes of subparagraph (A), ‘significant financial hardship’ means, with respect to a hospital, the existence of a serious chance of closure, impending bankruptcy, large-scale layoffs, or any other situation the Secretary determines appropriate.”.


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