Coleman introduces rural health initative
Many rural Minnesotans would have better health care, U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman said after introducing seven rural-health care bills.
The Minnesota Republican said the series of bills would help reduce the shortage of health care personnel, improve mental health services and expand use of remote health-care monitoring.
Rural health care generally is regarded as lacking when compared to big cities.
"The quality of your healthcare should not be a reflection your ZIP code, and my rural healthcare agenda seeks to efficiently enhance the quality, affordability, and accessibility of healthcare in rural Minnesota," Coleman said. "Having traveled across this state, I know that our rural health system is one of the strongest in the country, and our critical access hospitals form the backbone of many Minnesota communities. This is a multi-faceted issue that merits a comprehensive strategy."