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Health and Safety Code - HSC

DIVISION 107. STATEWIDE HEALTH PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT [127000 - 130070]

  ( Division 107 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 9. )

PART 6. FACILITIES LOAN INSURANCE AND FINANCING [129000 - 129590]

  ( Part 6 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 9. )

CHAPTER 1. Health Facility Construction Loan Insurance [129000 - 129355]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 9. )

ARTICLE 9. Rural Hospital Grant Program [129325 - 129335]
  ( Article 9 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 9. )

129325.
  

It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this article to assist rural hospitals that play a vital role in the health delivery system. The Legislature recognizes the difficulties rural hospitals encounter meeting urban hospital standards while serving a small, rural, or tourist patient base. However, it is not the intent of the Legislature to provide assistance to facilities that can only survive with continuous subsidies. Rather, it is the intent of the Legislature, through this program, to encourage the development and transition to an alternative rural hospital model, and to provide essential access to services not available at the alternative rural hospital level.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 1996.)

129330.
  

In each even-numbered year, the office shall contract for an actuarial study to determine the reserve sufficiency of funds in the Health Facility Construction Loan Insurance Fund. The study shall examine the portfolio of existing insured loans and shall estimate the amount of reserve funds that the office should reasonably have available to be able to respond adequately to potential foreseeable risks, including extraordinary administrative expenses and actual defaults. Actuarial study contracts shall be exempt from Section 10373 of the Public Contract Code and shall be considered sole-source contracts.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 1996.)

129335.
  

(a)  In each odd-numbered year when the reserve balance in the fund is projected to be in excess of that actuarially needed, the office may, subject to authority in the Budget Act, grant excess reserve funds to rural hospitals.

(b)  Whenever the office administers the grant program, it shall do so by a competitive process where potential grantees have sufficient time to apply. Priority for funds shall be given to alternative rural hospitals and rural hospitals that are sole community providers. Priority shall also be given to applicants that are otherwise financially viable, but request one-time financial assistance for equipment expenditures or other capital outlays. The maximum amount of any grant for a single project in any one grant year shall be two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000).

(c)  For the purposes of this article, “rural hospital” shall have the same meaning as contained in subdivision (a) of Section 124840.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 1996.)

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