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Text of the Rural Hospital Access Act of 2012

This bill was introduced on May 7, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 7, 2012 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2620

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 7, 2012

(for himself and Mr. Grassley) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

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

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Rural Hospital Access Act of 2012.

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 October 1, 2012 and inserting October 1, 2013; and

(2)

in clause (ii)(II), by striking October 1, 2012 and inserting October 1, 2013.

(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 October 1, 2012 and inserting October 1, 2013; and

(B)

in clause (iv), by striking through fiscal year 2012 and inserting through fiscal year 2013.

(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 through fiscal year 2012 and inserting through fiscal year 2013.

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), in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking 2013 and inserting 2014;

(2)

in subparagraph (C)(i), by striking and 2012 each place it appears and inserting , 2012, and 2013; and

(3)

in subparagraph (D), by striking and 2012 and inserting , 2012, and 2013.