Health Care Reform At a Glance: Rural America

The American Chronicle details parts of the House health reform bill related to rural health. "In rural areas, the uninsured rate reaches 23 percent, almost five percent higher than in urban areas, and the current recession means that more people may lose access to their employer-based health coverage. The bill guarantees that individuals without access to affordable health insurance would have options for obtaining affordable, quality health care coverage." The bill would also direct "the Institute of Medicine to study geographic inequities in Medicare reimbursement rates and the Secretary to revise payment rates based on the IOM's findings." It would provide "bonuses to reward primary care doctors that practice in shortage areas," including rural areas. It would also ensure "that rural doctors are paid the same rate for their work as urban doctors," support "community health centers in rural areas," and train "primary care providers for rural areas." (7/16).

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