About the Coalition
The Rural Hospital Coalition formed in 2019 following the merger of the Rural Referral Center(RRC)/Sole Community Hospital (SCH) Coalition and the Medicare Dependent Hospitals (MDHs). These two independent groups with similar missions joined forces to advocate for the specific interests of rural hospitals with these Medicare designations.
The Rural Hospital Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that federal lawmakers and policymakers support and understand the importance of the RRC, SCH and MDH programs to the health of rural America.
The Rural Hospital Coalition works to protect the federal policies that sustain RRCs, SCHs and MDHs, allowing them to continue to serve their vital function in the rural health care system. The Coalition’s current advocacy agenda includes efforts to protect the MDH designation, support a well-functioning 340B program, protect RRCs, SCHs and MDHs from destabilizing site neutral payment reductions, and protect and extend the 7.1% OPPS payment adjustment, to name a few.