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Coleman introduces rural health initative

Many rural Minnesotans would have better health care, U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman said after introducing seven rural-health care bills.

The Minnesota Republican said the series of bills would help reduce the shortage of health care personnel, improve mental health services and expand use of remote health-care monitoring.

Rural health care generally is regarded as lacking when compared to big cities.

"The quality of your healthcare should not be a reflection your ZIP code, and my rural healthcare agenda seeks to efficiently enhance the quality, affordability, and accessibility of healthcare in rural Minnesota," Coleman said. "Having traveled across this state, I know that our rural health system is one of the strongest in the country, and our critical access hospitals form the backbone of many Minnesota communities. This is a multi-faceted issue that merits a comprehensive strategy."

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.