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Methodist Fremont Health hosts signing ceremony for bill that injects $1 billion in federal funds to hospitals

Published: March 29, 2024

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen signed a bill into law paving the way for $1 billion in new federal funds for Nebraska hospitals.

LB 1087 is being called a "game changer" to stabilize facilities, especially in rural areas, by increasing the reimbursement rates for Medicaid patients without tapping into any additional state revenues.

Methodist Fremont Health President and CEO Brett Richmond said they will use the added funds to recruit and retain doctors and nurses and expand their 20-bed inpatient behavioral health unit.

"We'll continue to invest in those and grow those services to meet the needs of our community," Richmond said.

KETV: Governor signs bill that injects $1 billion federal funds to hospitals