LAS VEGAS — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making a push to expand its presence in the nation’s health care sector by ramping up its long-standing FHA mortgage insurance program for hospitals.

Hospitals are eying the Federal Housing Administration Section 242 mortgage insurance program as a way to get financing for projects that can qualify as they have found themselves cut off from the credit markets due to the collapse of the bond insurance business and other factors.

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