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Who should pay for hospitals’ disaster preparedness?
Modern Healthcare

Hospitals’ ability to withstand natural disasters while keeping their patients safe came under scrutiny by the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday.

But lawmakers mostly avoided talking about new hospital regulations as they convened the panel’s first hearing on climate change in 12 years.

When the issue came up, Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) immediately signaled concern about where the money should come from, as she doesn’t want the government to add costs to rural hospitals. She asked whether the federal government should start funding hospital preparations.