Senator Kent Conrad today with medical personnel at Altru Hospital to learn more about the hospital's expansion plans and revisit the importance of the Frontier Amendment to maintaining quality health care in Grand Forks and throughout North Dakota.
The Frontier Amendment was authored by Senator Conrad and included as part of the health reform legislation of 2010. The amendment boosts Medicare reimbursement levels for North Dakota hospitals and doctors - an influx of more than 650 million dollars to the state over the next decade - preventing a disruption in the quality of care to thousands of patients across the state.
"The health care professionals here at Altru and across North Dakota know exactly what's at stake with the Frontier Amendment," Senator Conrad said. "For more than a decade, Senator Dorgan, Congressman Pomeroy and I fought to ensure North Dakota's health care providers received a fair shake. The notion some have that repealing health reform - and by extension, the Frontier Amendment - and being able to maintain the benefits we fought for is simply disconnected from reality."
After winning a hard-fought battle to insert the Frontier Amendment into 2010's Affordable Care Act, Senator Conrad said it is unfortunate to see the legislation fall under attack, particularly given its importance to the quality of care the state's aging population deserves and has grown accustomed to.
Senator Conrad has spoken repeatedly to Congressional leadership and the White House arguing the necessity of the Frontier Amendment as it's currently constructed to patients in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming, the states chiefly benefitting from the legislation.