By Adrian Smith
U.S. Representative 

Strengthening Rural Hospitals


December 20, 2012

I have the honor of representing Nebraska’s Third District, which is one of the largest and most rural districts in the country. I love rural America, but oftentimes Congress and bureaucratic agencies in Washington make decisions without fully considering how laws, rules and regulations will affect rural populations differently from other Americans.  

For example, rural Americans tend to have greater challenges accessing quality health care because hospitals and physicians are more concentrated in urban areas. To see a specialist, rural Americans often have to wait longer or travel outs...

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