Lance: Warren County Hospitals to Receive Federal Grant
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that St. Luke’s Warren Hospital and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center are among the awardees of $36.5 million in federal grant funds specifically to assist rural communities. 17 New Jersey hospitals will receive federal funding to help compensate physicians and other providers treating senior citizens and low-income patients. Lance has worked in Washington to ensure New Jersey remain eligible for funding designated for rural areas.
“New Jersey needs to receive its fair share of Medicare reimbursements from the federal government. Our patients pay into this program and the doctors and hospitals in these communities should receive funding. The medical teams at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center provide high quality health care to many in need. The federal government should keep up its end of the bargain when it comes to those in the Medicare system. Warren County is well-served by health care professionals and area patients have earned and paid into this benefit,” said Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.
Despite being the ‘Garden State’, New Jersey has had to repeatedly contest regulations from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that categorizes New Jersey as one of three states with no areas designated as rural under Medicare guidelines. Lance, who represents rural areas such as Hunterdon County and southern Warren County, has protested this decision and authored letters to CMS explaining the need in these communities. After the public pressure, CMS officials included New Jersey in a special funding arrangement called the ‘rural floor policy’ to support rural hospitals.
Betsy Ryan, President and CEO at the New Jersey Hospital Association, also welcomed the news. “Thank you to the members of the New Jersey delegation who joined together in a bipartisan fashion to extend the imputed floor for New Jersey hospitals and patients. This floor extension now ensures that New Jersey healthcare providers will receive federal payments that are fair and equitable with other states that have the protection of a rural floor.” The New Jersey Hospital Association represents the State's 71 acute-care facilities.
St. Luke's Warren Hospital (Phillipsburg, Warren County) – $3.5 million.
Hackettstown Regional Medical Center (Warren County) – $2.4 million.
“These funds are going to make a positive difference in patient care in rural communities. I will continue to work with CMS to ensure equitable treatment for New Jersey,” concluded Lance.