Coats Notes: Rural Communities Must Be Considered in Health Care Decisions

Senator Dan Coats
2014-10-10 18:39:36
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Rural Communities Must Be Considered in Health Care Decisions Recent policy decisions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have not adequately reflected the reality of health care delivery in America's rural areas. For example, seniors, families, veterans and others often are forced to travel long distances for appropriate care. This week, I joined a bipartisan group of 34 senators in expressing concern to the Obama Administration that federal rules for health care facilities do not adequately consider the impact these decisions have on rural communities. In a letter to the CMS director, we asked for details about how the agency is incorporating rural health care experts earlier in rule-drafting and called for comprehensive information on the rulemaking process. We also called on CMS to work toward practices and standards that take rural health facilities into account during its initial rulemaking process. Such efforts would help make sure, among others, that Medicare beneficiaries will be able to obtain care within their own communities when possible. I am committed to ensuring that federal policy recognizes the unique challenges facing our rural communities in Indiana. Our letter can be viewed here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15963.17278219.5559861.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.heitk amp.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f_cache%2ffiles%2fe0e7a652-b575-44e7-bd43-e6888 38b5ab9%2fletter.pdf> . _____ Coats Named Champion of Entrepreneurs and Small Business Encouraging innovation and supporting policies that ensure our small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive is one of my key priorities, so it was an honor to be named a Champion of Entrepreneurs and Small Business. I will continue to fight for policies that allow our Hoosier entrepreneurs and small businesses to create solutions that make our economy diverse, innovative and stronger Senator Coats was named a Champion of Entrepreneurs and Small Business by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) for his support of legislative policies critical to Indiana's entrepreneurs and small business owners. Senator Coats received a rating of 100 percent from the SBE Council. Coats in the News Coats Statement on Fallen Hoosier Marine Corporal Jordan Spears <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15963.17278219.5559861.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.coats senate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fpress%2frelease%2fcoats-statement-on-fallen-hoo sier-marine-corporal-jordan-spears> Dan Coats: Visa program may be hole in security <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15963.17278219.5559861.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.goshe nnews.com%2fopinion%2fletters_to_the_editor%2farticle_78c2c354-294b-545b -ab6e-a48de2333306.html> Sen. 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A message from Senator Dan Coats  

Dear Friend,

Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Coats


Rural Communities Must Be Considered in Health Care Decisions

Recent policy decisions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have not adequately reflected the reality of health care delivery in America’s rural areas. For example, seniors, families, veterans and others often are forced to travel long distances for appropriate care.

This week, I joined a bipartisan group of 34 senators in expressing concern to the Obama Administration that federal rules for health care facilities do not adequately consider the impact these decisions have on rural communities.

In a letter to the CMS director, we asked for details about how the agency is incorporating rural health care experts earlier in rule-drafting and called for comprehensive information on the rulemaking process. We also called on CMS to work toward practices and standards that take rural health facilities into account during its initial rulemaking process. Such efforts would help make sure, among others, that Medicare beneficiaries will be able to obtain care within their own communities when possible.

I am committed to ensuring that federal policy recognizes the unique challenges facing our rural communities in Indiana. Our letter can be viewed .  


Coats Named Champion of Entrepreneurs and Small Business

Encouraging innovation and supporting policies that ensure our small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive is one of my key priorities, so it was an honor to be named a Champion of Entrepreneurs and Small Business.

I will continue to fight for policies that allow our Hoosier entrepreneurs and small businesses to create solutions that make our economy diverse, innovative and stronger

Senator Coats was named a Champion of Entrepreneurs and Small Business by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) for his support of legislative policies critical to Indiana’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Senator Coats received a rating of 100 percent from the SBE Council.

Coats in the News

Coats Statement on Fallen Hoosier Marine Corporal Jordan Spears

Dan Coats: Visa program may be hole in security 

Sen. Coats: Airstrikes aren’t enough to end war on ISIS

Biden not wrong on Middle East, Coats says
 

 

Coats Receives NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence   


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