H. B. 3058
Barker, Boggs, Perdue and Michael)
March 16, 2005
; referred to the
Committee on Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary.]
(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss, and Delegates Stemple,
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §16-5B-14, relating
to designation of rural hospitals for purposes of the Critical
Access Hospital Program.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-5B-14, to read as
ARTICLE 5B. HOSPITALS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS.
§16-5B-14. The Critical Access Hospital Designation Act.
A hospital located in an urban area (Metropolitan Statistical
Areas (MSA) County), can be considered "rural" for the purposes of
the secretary designating a Critical Access Hospital pursuant to
Section 1820(c2) of the Social Security Act if it meets the
(1) Is enrolled as both a Medicaid and Medicare provider and
accepts assignment for all Medicaid and Medicare patients;
(2) Provides emergency health care services to indigent
(3) Maintains twenty-four hour emergency services;
(4) Is located in a county with fifty percent or more rural
residents, as defined by the most recent United States decennial
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow the secretary to
designate hospitals in urban counties as rural hospitals for
purposes of participating in the Medicare Critical Access Hospital
is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring
have been omitted.