Confronting Rural America’s Health Care Crisis

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Rural Health Task Force has developed recommendations over the last year to stabilize and improve the urgent problems challenging rural communities and to do it permanently. Launched in June 2019, the task force consists of health care experts, business leaders, physicians, and former elected officials. The aim was to produce policy recommendations to stabilize and transform rural health infrastructure, promote the uptake of value-based and virtual care, and ensure access to local providers.

COVID-19 prompted a flurry of legislative and regulatory action in early 2020, marking the first important steps in addressing access to care through telehealth. Some of these actions align with recommendations in this report. However, these measures were generally limited to temporary fixes, while the problems need long-term attention.

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