Health Care Reform Helps Rural America

March 24, 2010 07:00 PM

Linda H. Smith, Top Producer Business and Marketing Editor
The focus of the past few weeks in Washington has been on health care. So, what does all this political lingo mean for rural residents?
"Rural America needs both affordable coverage and access to care. It doesn't matter if you have insurance coverage if you don't have a doctor in your community,” says Dennis Berens, President of the National Rural Health Association. "The health care bill not only will cover 95% of the uninsured, but it will go far in addressing major workforce shortages in rural America.”
Health care access for rural people will be strengthened through the establishment of health insurance exchanges for the self-employed and small businesses, he points out. Premium assistance will be provided through tax credits for small businesses and for low and moderate income individuals purchasing insurance through the exchange. The bill also provides a variety of support mechanisms for training and retaining rural health care providers.
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