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Rural Kansas hospitals in danger of closing

KSN.com, November 18, 2011

The skies were clear over Harper Hospital Thursday as the county celebrated the first ever "National Rural Health Day." But the irony of what's going on miles away in Washington D.C. darkened the party. "We do know that there is a cloud hanging over our celebration today, and we are concerned about the possible legislation that might affect our hospital," said Harper Hospital CEO, Kim Cinelli. It's possible legislation proposed by the "super committee" in congress. Their goal is to reduce the deficit. One proposal is to take away the "critical access" designation from rural hospitals within 15 miles of each other, stripping them of their Medicare funding.