Confronting Rural America's Health Care Crisis   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The rapid spread of the new coronavirus has awakened the nation to the dire access problems that have long plagued rural communities and has underscored the need for immediate change. The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has highlighted the fragility of the rural health care system, in which hundreds of hospitals have already closed or are in imminent risk of folding. The pandemic now threatens to heap additional financial pressures onto these hospitals, leaving millions in fear that they won't receive care. [...] The Bipartisan Policy Center's Rural Health Task Force has developed recommendations over the last year to stabilize and improve the urgent problems challenging rural communities and to do it permanently. Launched in June 2019, the task force consists of health care experts, business leaders, physicians, and former elected officials. The aim was to produce policy recommendations to stabilize and transform rural health infrastructure, promote the uptake of value-based and virtual care, and ensure access to local providers."

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