Sewell’s community tour to stop in Lowndes County

Published 12:29 pm Sunday, November 26, 2023

Rep. Terri Sewell is touring through Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. On Monday, Sewell will stop at City Hall in Hayneville at 1:30 p.m. to hold a town hall meeting alongside Hayneville Mayor Jimmie Davis and the Lowndes County Commission.

Sewell has been touring the 14 counties in the district as part of her “Congress in Community” tour, meeting with members of the media and community stakeholders. Earlier in the day on Nov. 27, Sewell will stop in Camden to provide Wilcox County residents with details about $595,041 in funding she secured to modernize the laboratory department at J. Paul Jones Hospital in Camden.

On Nov. 20, Sewell held community meetings in Tuscaloosa, Hale, Choctaw and Clarke County, where she announced funding she secured for West Alabama communities – $7.9 million for Stillman College, $511,601 for storm shelters in Hale County, and $1,000,000 for the Thomasville Regional Medical Center.

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The announcements featured on the tour coincide with Sewell’s efforts to stabilize rural healthcare. Also tied to the focus was Sewell’s partnership with Carol Miller (WV-01) to introduce H.R. 6430, the Assistance for Rural Community Hospitals (ARCH) Act. If passed, the bill would provide greater financial stability for rural hospitals by extending the Medicare-dependent hospital program and Medicare low-volume payments for five years and also require reporting to ensure Medicare rural hospital designations are bolstering rural health care.

“We in Alabama have seen our rural hospitals come under immense strain, threatening to make it harder for our communities to access the services they need,” Sewell said in a Nov. 16 media release. “This legislation is about providing stability to our rural hospitals so that they can keep their doors open and continue serving patients. There is no time more befitting than National Rural Health Day to shine a spotlight on the needs of our rural hospitals.”

The representative tours the district each year, hosting a series of town halls in every county. The tour launched on April 5 this year, with meetings in Sumter and Marengo Counties.

Members of the Lowndes County community are invited to attend Monday’s meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the Hayneville City Hall located at 241 W. Tuskeena Street in Hayneville.