Auditor sets public hearings on rural hospitals

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen has set 10 hearings across the state to discuss the fiscal health of rural hospitals.

Edelen’s office says 45 percent of Kentucky residents receive health care at small, community hospitals and that the facilities help drive local economies.

The hearings start next week in Prestonsburg and continue through Aug. 12 in Campbellsville. They kick off a study by Edelen’s office to look at challenges facing small hospitals. The auditor’s office is seeking financial records of dozens of rural hospitals and plans to issue a report this fall.

Edelen’s office says hospital administrators and staff, local elected officials, other health care providers and the public are invited.

For more information, visit http://auditor.ky.gov .

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