Legislation created to stabilize hospitals in Mississippi

Three bills in state senate committees are aimed at helping stabilize hospitals and growing the health workforce in the state.

Among them is Senate Bill 2372 which creates a program to provide $80 million in grants to a hospital based on number of licensed beds and care.

Legislation also requires recipient hospitals to submit a report detailing their patient census, medical services, offered, and other information to the Department of Health to allow the state and facilities to better plan for the future.

Two other bills were created, Senate Bill 2371 creates a grant for community college nursing and allied health programs. The bill also creates a grant that provides start up costs to create new or add capacity in existing programs in medical or surgical specialty areas.

Senate Bill 2323 allows community hospitals to collaborate and consolidate facilities and services with nonprofit entities.

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