New legislation aims to bolster rural healthcare after hospital closures

Amid concerns over healthcare access in rural areas that have experienced hospital closures, Tennessee Congressmen Phil Roe and David Kustoff introduced a “Rural Health Agenda” to the House of Representatives on Oct. 29. Roe said the Rural America Health Corps Act aims to create a new student loan repayment program called the Rural Provider Loan Repayment program, which will lend to physicians who do residencies in rural areas.

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