Small town snippets: Possible changes for rural Kansas

A program offering incentives to attract new residents to Kansas could soon expand to include more counties. The Rural Opportunity Zone program currently includes 73 counties but would grow to 77 counties if House Bill 2417 continues to advance. The House voted to advance the bill on Thursday.

Rural hospitals could see a restriction change through the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act of 2014. If passed, the bill would eliminate the Medicare rule that patients be present at a rural hospital no longer than 96 hours in order for it to receive reimbursement.

New research suggests that small businesses in rural communities are facing financial difficulties. With banks relocating to urban areas, rural business owners can no longer rely on banks to issue credit based on the owner’s reputation.

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