Congressman John Delaney

Representing the 6th District of Maryland
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Delaney Applauds HHS Change Benefiting Allegany County, Rural Maryland

Jul 16, 2015
Press Release
HHS informs state Allegany County will be eligible for rural health care funding moving forward, change follows Cardin-Delaney letter

WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) informed Maryland of a policy change that will benefit Allegany County’s ability to apply for rural health care funding. Moving forward, HHS will exclude prison population from any county total, a change that will maintain Allegany County’s rural status. In the last five years Allegany County has received $2 million in federal grants under this program, which they will now be eligible for again.

The change follows a February letter from Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Senator Ben Cardin that urged HHS to restore Allegany County’s rural designation.

“I applaud HHS for ensuring that Allegany County will qualify for rural health care grants,” said Congressman Delaney. “Senator Cardin and I have been vocal on this and this policy change is good news for the county. By becoming eligible once again for rural health care funding, Allegany County can now apply for federal funding. By making the change recommended by Senator Cardin and I, HHS has implemented a new policy that will benefit all of rural Maryland. Everyone should have access to quality health care, no matter where they live. This is particularly a problem in rural America. In the past this funding has benefitted Western Marylanders and today’s news brings us closer to bringing federal dollars home to Allegany County once again.”