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Governor Wolf Declares ‘Rural Health in Pennsylvania Week’

November 18, 2016

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared November 14–18 as Rural Health in Pennsylvania Week to draw attention to the wide range of issues impacting rural health care, including the critical role of Pennsylvania’s rural health care providers, including its 15 critical access hospitals.

Nationally, Pennsylvania ranks as one of the states with the highest number of rural residents, with 23 percent of Pennsylvanians residing in rural areas. These communities face unique health care challenges, including:

  • Challenges with recruitment and retention of clinicians
  • Populations that are generally older and sicker
  • Accessibility, particularly with transportation
  • Technology, including telehealth
  • Affordability, as a result of larger percentages of uninsured and underinsured citizens and greater out-of-pocket health costs

HAP and the Pennsylvania hospital community will use the upcoming state and federal legislative sessions to advocate for polices that:

For more information on rural health care issues, contact Timothy Ohrum, Vice President, Grassroots Advocacy.

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