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Reductions contained in the health care reform law could result in the closure of many rural hospitals. The map above shows Critical Access Hospitals — hospitals with 25 or fewer beds that are 35 miles or more from another hospital (or were designated as critical by their governors). All CAHs are in areas that were rural when the hospital was first designated. Provisions in the health care reform law would end a special Medicare payment for services performed in these hospitals.

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