Providing healthcare for Minnesotans in rural communities

Having access to healthcare can be important and for rural communities, it can sometimes make getting to a local doctor’s office challenging.

Minnesota Senator Tina Smith helped to get the Office of Rural Health Reauthorization Act of 2022 signed into law. The bipartisan bill funds state offices of rural health, a key program that supports health facilities in rural areas across the country.

“We know that if a community loses its hospitals or loses its providers then that makes it just so much more difficult for the town to hang together and for people to be able to leave there or want to move there. So, supporting rural health is really important to the border public health, and it’s also really important to the economic development and long-term economic health of communities.”

The bipartisan bill was signed into law early January.