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Smith Receives National Rural Health Association’s Congressional Champion Award

February 4, 2015
Press Release

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) accepted the National Rural Health Association’s Congressional Champion award today at the annual Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. This award recognizes Congressman Smith’s leadership in introducing and advocating for legislation to address rural health challenges.
“As the representative for one of the largest and most rural districts in the country, I am focused on addressing issues impacting access to health care for Nebraskans,” said Congressman Smith. “Members of the National Rural Health Association know these challenges firsthand and are strong partners in ensuring our rural communities maintain access to quality, affordable care.”

Last month, Congressman Smith reintroduced two bills to help ensure access to quality health care for rural Americans. H.R. 169, the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act, would remove the 96-hour precertification requirement for patients at Critical Access Hospitals. H.R. 170, the Rural Health Care Provider Relief Act, would delay physician supervision requirements at critical access hospitals for at least a year and until the impact of the rules is studied.