House launches rural healthcare task force  


The House Ways and Means Committee on July 16 formed a healthcare task force for rural and underserved populations. 

A bipartisan panel of four representatives will hear from experts to understand the challenges associated with healthcare delivery in rural areas and underserved communities. It will use this information to explore policy options to address these challenges.

The task force is led by Reps. Danny Davis, D-Ill.; Terri Sewell, D-Ala.; Brad Wenstrup, a R-Ohio; and Jodey Arrington, a R-Texas.

"There is no question that our country is facing a serious crisis in ensuring that rural Americans have the same access to quality care and medical services as their urban and suburban counterparts, with over 90 rural hospitals closing their doors in the past three years, including two in my district in the last year alone," Mr. Arrington said in a statement. "That is why, now more than ever, it is critical we develop sustainable solutions to support those living in America's breadbasket and energy basin so that we, as a nation, can continue to maintain a safe, affordable and abundant supply of food and energy."   

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