Sen. Smith to introduce rural health care legislation

Minnesota Senator Tina Smith says she plans to introduce new legislation that would tackle health care in rural America.

According to a release, the Strengthening Our Rural Health Workforce Act, with Republican Senator John Barrasso co-authoring, would work on recruiting and retaining health care providers in more remote parts of the country.

The Democrat Smith says the bill has a focus on recruiting and retaining mental health providers as well as general care.

Smith also says that the bill would help communities train residents to go into these fields, as someone who already lives in a rural area is more likely to stay there.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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