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HCFA AWARDS RURAL HEALTH CARE GRANTS TOTALING MORE THAN $22 MILLION

HCFA AWARDS RURAL HEALTH CARE GRANTS TOTALING MORE THAN $22 MILLION
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal grants totaling more than $22 million have been awarded to 517 small rural hospitals to upgrade facilities and train professional staffs, as part of an ongoing effort to provide high-quality care to Medicare beneficiaries, HHS Secretary Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., announced today.
 New grants for fiscal years 1992-93, totaling $6.8 million, will go to hospitals in 45 states, while $15.3 million will go for second- and third-year grants to a number of 1990 and 1991 recipients. The grants, which were made under the Rural Health Care Transition Grants Program, are administered by the Health Care Financing Administration, the HHS agency that oversees the Medicare program.
 "My department has a continuing commitment to improving rural health care," Sullivan said. "These grants will help provide better and more accessible health care to the millions of Medicare beneficiaries who rely on rural facilities for their care."
 Hospitals can use the grants to support various kinds of innovative capital projects. That includes expanded outpatient and emergency services, and the conversion of inpatient facilities to alternative services. Funds are also available to train health-care professionals and to encourage physicians to practice in rural areas.
 Among other goals supported by the grants program are improved management and long-term planning, and better patient transportation and outreach services.
 "These grants help many rural hospitals to adjust to changes in patterns of health-care needs and rapid shifts in population," said William Toby Jr., acting HCFA administrator.
 The four-year-old grants program awards up to $50,000 annually for as many as three years to non-profit, acute-care rural hospitals with fewer than 100 beds. The program distributed more than $8 million in its first year, $17 million in the second year and about $23.2 million in the third year. The program was developed in consultation with the HHS Office of Rural Health Policy, the American Hospital Association and the National Association of Counties.
 RURAL HEALTH CARE TRANSITION GRANT APPLICANTS
 AND AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 1992
 Award Amount
 Alabama $ 350,000
 Alaska 150,000
 Arizona 493,200
 Arkansas 349,016
 California 445,738
 Colorado 418,394
 Florida 200,000
 Georgia 348,200
 Hawaii 0
 Idaho 485,913
 Illinois 586,672
 Indiana 100,000
 Iowa 1,433,283
 Kansas 988,065
 Kentucky 400,000
 Louisiana 400,000
 Maine 400,000
 Maryland 96,680
 Massachusetts 0
 Michigan 550,163
 Minnesota 1,548,605
 Mississippi 450,000
 Missouri 764,002
 Montana 814,838
 Nebraska 947,043
 Nevada 389,202
 New Hampshire 195,300
 New Mexico 295,014
 New York 292,728
 North Carolina 400,000
 North Dakota 976,101
 Ohio 296,357
 Oklahoma 900,000
 Oregon 399,995
 Pennsylvania 150,000
 South Carolina 150,000
 South Dakota 795,669
 Tennessee 445,007
 Texas 1,659,503
 Utah 199,839
 Vermont 100,000
 Virginia 104,587
 Washington 393,625
 West Virginia 299,548
 Wisconsin 749,065
 Wyoming 226,968
 Puerto Rico 50,000
 TOTAL $22,188,320
 NOTE: Through the Medicare and Medicaid programs, HCFA helps pay the medical bills of some 60 million Americans, at an estimated 1992 expenditure of $204 billion, the 12th largest governmental budget of any kind in the world.
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 CONTACT: Bob Hardy of the Health Care Financing Administration, 202-690-6145 CO: HEALTH CARE FINANCING ADMINISTRATION IN: HEA ST: DC -- DC039 -- X703 09/30/92
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