Senator Thad Cochran is co-sponsoring a fair medicare hospital payments act.
The bill is said to correct a flawed Medicare formula.
Cochran said the current Medicare reimbursement rates penalize hospitals in rural and low-wage areas.
The legislation will ensure that rural Mississippi hospitals are fairly reimbursed for services they provide to seniors.
“Many rural hospitals in Mississippi experience financial hardships that are made worse by an unfair reimbursement formula that favors urban, high-wage areas,” said Cochran. “This legislation would address this disadvantage and help rural hospitals remain open to serve rural Mississippians.”
The Mississippi Hospital Association, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Gulfport’s Memorial Hospital are said to be in support of the legislation.