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North Adams Regional Hospital could become critical care access facility

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Berkshire County's congressman says he's working with the government on making North Adams Regional Hospital a "critical care access" facility, just a few days after the hospital closed with little notice.

That's a federal program that ensures people enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid have access to healthcare.

Representative Richard Neal says he's partnering with state and federal officials to get that designation for the now closed hospital.

A critical care designation also allows for facilities to get hospital's more money from the government when it comes to Medicaid and Medicare costs.

Neal's office says it expects to know more within the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, the union that represents some of the hospital's former staff will hold another community meeting on Tuesday. The Massachusetts Nursing Association will discuss the hospital's closure inside North Adams' American Legion Hall beginning at 5 p.m.

The association says it will hold meetings there every Tuesday evening until a resolution over the hospital is reached.

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