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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham arranges money to save Rayville hospital

May 27, 2015
In The News

U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, has successfully intervened on behalf of the Richardson Medical Center in Rayville with the federal government to keep the hospital from closing.

Hospital administrators received notice earlier this month that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would no longer reimburse the hospital for its Medicare and Medicaid patients. The news meant the hospital would have to close as it would have been unable to afford to stay open. The hospital had enough cash to remain open for less than a month.

Abraham immediately contacted CMS on behalf of the hospital after he became aware of the situation. Abraham requested an immediate review of the hospital’s case, and CMS agreed to continue sending federal funds to the medical center as a result of that request.

“I’m very pleased that the Richardson Medical Center will remain open and continue its mission of helping the people of Rayville and the surrounding area,” Abraham said. “The hospital provides a vital service to so many of the region’s poor and elderly citizens. We simply could not allow them to go without access to medical care.”

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