Illinois governor signs bill to fund critical access hospitals


Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed legislation that will provide $55 million in funding for the state's critical access hospitals, his office announced.

The funding will allow critical access hospitals to hire more physicians and nurses, expand treatments and services and provide more care to state residents.

"Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Your income or your  ZIP code should never dictate your access to that right," the governor said during a visit to Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Ill. "Critical access hospitals are on the front lines of our work to provide quality healthcare in all of our communities."

Overall, he said the legislation will ensure people have access to quality, affordable healthcare and bring significant resources back to these facilities.


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