For the past three years, Delta County Memorial Hospital has been participating in a pilot program that's allowed it to collect more money from Medicaid and Medicare for its services.
The program will sunset in 2017, but the hospital doesn't want to that to happen. That's why it's lobbying federal lawmakers to support two bills that would extend it.
Additionally, the hospital wants to see if it can change its classification in effect making those larger payments permanent, but to do that it also needs federal support.
KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Delta County Memorial Hospital CEO Jason Cleckler about that effort.