Lawmakers look to protect rural health care

Concerns arise amid ACA repeal

A U.S. senator representing Wisconsin is working to improve health care in rural areas.

According to Senator Tammy Baldwin, health providers are expressing concerns over patient access to rural care. Baldwin says concerns over the repeal of the Affordable Care Act sparked the questions about out-of-the-way health provider locations.

A bipartisan letter is requesting the Health and Human Services Secretary to ensure quality health care for rural citizens.

“If we have critical access hospitals go under it will mean very negative consequences for the health of rural Americans, and certainly it has major impact in the state of Wisconsin,” said Baldwin.

Senator Baldwin also says rural hospitals are often major employers in their areas.