Since 2010, Texas has seen more rural hospitals close than has any other state, leaving huge gaps in health care; however, the state's rural areas have options for maintaining health care facilities
Member Interest Group: Rural Physicians
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Leaders of TMA and the Texas Hospital Association met with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn to work out a better solution for the Medicaid provisions in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
How This Can Affect Practices and Patients
Both children and adults in rural areas are far more likely to be overweight than their urban and suburban counterparts. Investing in obesity prevention is vital to keeping rural residents healthy.
Thanks in part to several legislative victories, Texas is finding innovative ways to chip away at physician shortages in the state’s rural areas.
The composition of rural America today is predominantly elderly. Individuals 65 years and over constitute approximately 13.1% of the American population; however, 20% of the elderly live in non-metropolitan designated areas. (Source: NRHA)
Rural physicians generally have large caseloads of Medicaid patients. TMA is working to reduce the Medicaid red-tape so rural physicians can focus on their patients and maintain a viable practice.
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