Hyde-Smith urges Mississippians to provide input for rural health care improvement

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In a press release published yesterday, Sept. 10, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) urged Mississippians to participate in a nationwide U.S. Health and Human Services initiative to find ways to improve health care in rural America.

The federal Rural Health Task Force, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, has issued a request for information from the public on how to make rural health care more accessible, affordable and sustainable.  HRSA set a deadline of 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, to receive comments.

“Health care in Mississippi has its challenges, including rural hospital closures. I believe Mississippians can provide many good ideas and information on what is and what isn’t working in rural areas. This material can help the Department of Health and Human Services begin to improve how its rules and regulations can support rural health care,” Hyde-Smith said in her release.

Information is sought from health care providers, researchers, community members, patients, consumers, families, caregivers, advocates and other parties. Background and instructions to submit material to the Rural Health Task Force is available here.