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Invests in the health care workforce to ensure that people in rural areas have access to doctors, nurses, and high quality health care. More than doubles funding for the National Health Service Corps, provides more resources to medical schools to train physicians to work in rural and underserved areas, and establishes a loan repayment program for pediatric specialists who agree to practice in medically underserved areas such a rural regions. These provisions will help approximately 65 million Americans lack access to primary care services due to provider shortages – many of those without access to primary care are rural Americans.
Ensures that all Americans have access to free preventive services under their health insurance plans and invests in prevention and public health to encourage innovations in health care that prevent illness and disease before they require more costly treatment. Rural Americans are less likely to receive needed preventive care, such as mammograms and pap smears for women, or routine foot, eye, and blood testing for diabetics.
Provides sliding scale tax credits to enable rural, small businesses to provide health benefits to their employees. Nearly one-third of rural Americans work for small businesses, and more than half of them remain uninsured as their employers struggle to provide health benefits.
Ensures that hospitals and other providers in rural and remote communities receive the reimbursement they need to offer quality care to patients and keep their doors open. Ensures that rural health care providers receive appropriate Medicare reimbursements to address longstanding inequities that exist among providers from different geographic regions. Helps the many small and rural communities where patients must travel long distances between health care providers to receive medical care.
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