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Parkston’s Avera St. Benedict Health Center, pictured here, is among the 26 rural South Dakota critical access hospitals the state considers threatened by a federal agency’s proposal that could take away extra payments they get for service to Medicare patients. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Federal report threatens 26 SD hospitals

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Twenty-six rural hospitals in South Dakota are threatened by a federal agency's proposal that could take away the extra payments they get for service to Medicare patients, a move that might even force some hospitals to close, a state official said.

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