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CCH gets $6.4M in CARES funding

October 27, 2020

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell visited Casey County recently, bringing with him $6.4 million in CARES Act funds for the Casey County Hospital.

Speaking to a small gathering at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center in Liberty on Oct. 14 on several topics, McConnell said the federal CARES Act had brought aid to health care providers among other entities.

Regarding the $6.4 million for the Casey County Hospital, CEO/Administrator Rusty Tungate praised McConnell’s leadership in helping the local hospital receive the funding.

“Leader McConnell has been a tremendous asset to the citizens of Casey County, and especially to the Casey County Hospital,” Tungate said.

Tungate noted the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had a catastrophic effect on the nation’s small rural hospitals, and Casey County Hospital was no exception.

“First, the sequestration required by the act cut the hospital’s revenue by 2 percent right off the gross. This was a huge detriment to our hospital,” Tungate said. “The act also drastically increased the cost of group health insurance premiums that we pay for our employees to have health coverage.”

Tungate went on to say that the ACA did many other things that had a negative impact on the hospital, such as reducing the payment the hospital received for indigent care; increasing the provider tax paid by the hospital; and resulted in cuts to the 340B Smart Drug program.

“The act even resulted in the closing of many small rural hospitals across the nation,” he added.

Throughout it all, Tungate said Sen. McConnell has always been helpful to the county and to the hospital through these difficult times with the financial burden of Obamacare placed largely on the backs of hospitals.

“And when COVID-19 arrived, Leader McConnell was instrumental in getting much-needed funding to hospitals to help them fight this pandemic. For the Casey County Hospital, he secured a total of $6.4 million to help the local hospital prepare for and render care to the citizens of Casey County during these very difficult times,” Tungate said. “We are very fortunate to have someone like Leader McConnell fighting for us in Washington. He has always supported rural communities and rural health care.”