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Senate Bill No. 550

(By Senators Prezioso, Foster, Hunter and Jenkins)


[Introduced March 15, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Health and Human Resources; and then to the Committee on Finance.]


A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-5B-14, relating to designation of rural hospitals for purposes of the Critical Access Hospital Program.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-5B-14, to read as follows:

§16-5B-14. The Critical Access Hospital Designation Act.

A hospital located in an urban area (Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) County), can be considered "rural" for the purposes of the Secretary designating a Critical Access Hospital pursuant to Section 1820(c2) of the Social Security Act if it meets the following criteria:
(1) Is enrolled as both a Medicaid and Medicare provider and accepts assignment for all Medicaid and Medicare patients;
(2) Provides emergency health care services to indigent patients;
(3) Maintains 24-hour emergency services; and
(4) Is located in a county with fifty percent or more rural residents, as defined by the most recent United States decennial census.

(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow the Secretary to designate hospitals in urban counties as rural hospitals for purposes of participating in the Medicare Critical Access Hospital Program.

The section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.)
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