Numbers show that rural hospitals are closing at an alarming rate. According to reports, more than 130 rural hospitals across the country have closed since 2010, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, rural hospital closures accelerated to record levels with more than 20 rural hospitals closing in 2020. Georgia is not immune, having experienced the impacts of the closures as patients are sometimes being forced to drive hours for care.

Earlier this week, Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-GA, joined Rep. Terri Sewell, D-AL, to introduce the Save Rural Hospitals Act of 2023. Members of the Georgia delegation, Rep. Buddy Carter, R-GA, and Rep. Rick Allen, R-GA, joined Ferguson in his efforts as co-signers on the bill. 

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