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VIDEO: Brown County Hospital CEO Testifies Before Ways and Means Committee

July 28, 2015
Press Release

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) participated today in a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on rural health disparities in which Shannon Sorensen, CEO of Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska, testified as an invited witness. Among other issues, the hearing focused on Smith’s Critical Access Hospital Relief Act (H.R. 169) to remove the 96-hour precertification requirement for patients at Critical Access Hospitals.

Brown County Hospital CEO Shannon Sorensen’s testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee.

Congressman Smith’s statement and questions to the witnesses in today’s hearing.

“Nebraska’s Third District is home to more than 50 Critical Access Hospitals, and these facilities are vital to the health of rural Americans,” Smith said. “Unfortunately, arbitrary regulations such as 96-hour precertification and physician supervision requirements are stretching these hospitals’ resources and threatening their ability to continue providing quality care. I am grateful to Shannon for her willingness to testify before Congress today and share her expertise on the impacts of this onerous red tape.”  

Smith’s Critical Access Hospital Relief Act has garnered extensive support with 70 bipartisan cosponsors. For more information on Smith’s bills to improve access to quality health care for rural Americans, click here.

For more information on today’s hearing, including a full list of witnesses, click here.