Minnesota Senator Proposes Bill to Update Rural Health Care Regulations

April 03, 2019 05:52 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith (D) is introducing a bill to make rural health care more accessible.

The bill would update rules governing rural health clinics, which provide out-patient primary care services like lab tests and emergency health care.

While it's a rapidly changing field, Smith said the rules regulating rural clinics haven't been updated since the 1970s.

"So imagine that you live in a town that's 700 or 1,000 or 1,500, and you might be quite a ways away from Albert Lea or Rochester or Austin," she said. "You don't always want to drive all that way to get the primary care you need."

Smith's legislation is supported by the National Association of Rural Health Clinics.

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