national rural health association Rural hospitals a model for cutting healthcare costs By Katie Hiler • May 21, 2014 Rural Assistance Center Why federal money for rural hospitals is vulnerable to budget cuts By Harum Helmy • Jun 12, 2013 Fotos GOVBA / flicker Listen to this story Listening... / Compared to their urban counterparts, rural hospitals serve a population that tends to be older, sicker, uninsured and have less income. Rural hospitals provide a lot of uncompensated care and run on more narrow profit margins. To stay open, these hospitals depend on special federal designations that give them a higher rate of reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid. For example, when a hospital designated as a critical access hospital, Medicare reimbursements can make up to a third of its entire revenue. Rural provisions of health care law could be affected by court ruling By Jacob Fenston • Jun 25, 2012 Angela N. / Flickr The U.S. Supreme Court will likely rule on the fate of the federal health care reform law this Thursday. That ruling could affect provisions of the law aimed at improving health in rural America.