FERGUS FALLS, Minn., July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The health of people who live in rural areas is being harshly
"Our government is making a habit of adopting health care legislation that forgets about the health of rural residents," Smedsrud said.
Smedsrud, a health insurance expert and entrepreneur, said that rural Americans face numerous health disparities compared to their urban counterparts.
"According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 15 percent of the U.S. population classified as rural are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke than their urban counterparts," Smedsrud said.
He called on Congress to adjust proposed legislation to reflect the fact that rural residents tend to be older and sicker than urban residents, and that insurance choices are dwindling, and often cost more. For example, he said, in 2018 no insurers plan to provide coverage in several mostly-rural counties in Missouri, Ohio, Nevada and Washington. The entire state of Nebraska has only a single insurer under the rules of the Affordable Care Act.
"This sparsity of coverage is a condition that needs healing right now," Smedsrud said.
He emphasized that fewer doctors, per capita, serve rural people and quality care is often out of range physically and financially.
Smedsrud outlined a list of ten recommendations for lawmakers and federal regulators to consider as solutions to remedy the health care gap in rural America:
Smedsrud said, "Rural America grows our food, provides important jobs and houses millions of our fellow citizens. Our country's leaders should have the vision and courage to provide equity of health care for this population."
Smedsrud said CA's Platform for Rural Economic Justice provides additional information about rural health and economic issues.
About Communicating for AmericaCommunicating for America, Inc. (CA) is a nationwide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that represents about 100,000 small businesses, self-employed and agricultural members across America. Since 1972 CA has been working on small business, tax, healthcare and agricultural policy issues on behalf of its members. For more information visit www.communicatingforamerica.org.
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