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House Votes to Ban Free Standing Emergency Rooms

The Louisiana State Senate have voted overwhelmingly for a plan to protect rural hospitals by banning most new free-standing emergency rooms.

AP reporting the chamber voted 36 to 1, in favor of the measure to help keep the struggling forty-eight rural state-administered hospitals operating.

Supporters of the measure argue that free-standing emergency rooms only offer services that generate the most revenue and drain that revenue from rural hospitals.
The House has now taken it up for debate.