Rep. Hill Secures Funding for Rural Health Care

A new state program designed to increase access to health care in rural areas is funding four rural hospitals in West Central Louisiana with almost $7 million,
“This money is vital to the delivery of health care to our rural citizens,” said State Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill, D-Oberlin.

“Without this help, many of our rural hospitals could go broke. That would harm anyone who depends on these small hospitals for health care,” Hill said. The Rural Access to Care program is helping private hospitals in rural areas cover the costs of caring for uninsured patients.

In the current fiscal year payments include:

  • Allen Parish Hospital, $469,000
  • Oakdale Community Hospital, $1.17 million
  • Beauregard Memorial Hospital, $4.5 million
  • Dequincy Memorial Hospital, $791,000

Almost half of that money has already been paid to the hospitals, Hill said. The remainder will be paid before the current fiscal year ends in June