A Senate bill would roughly double funding — an extra $1.1 billion by 2015 — for the National Health Service Corps, which pays student debt for health providers in underserved areas. Bills pending in both the House and Senate would address disparities in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rates.
But some advocates say those measures aren’t enough to crack the urban-rural divide. And besides, Congress has yet to smooth disagreements about an overhaul that aims to cover more than 46 million uninsured Americans.
First, rural health advocates say, reforms must get doctors into rural areas, then worry about insurance coverage.
“We keep hearing about universal coverage. From a rural perspective, that solves nothing,” said Lou Ann Wilroy, executive director of the Colorado Rural Health Center in suburban Denver. “You can have an insurance card in your wallet, and that doesn’t mean you’re going to have care.” Read More From Colorado
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