State News
6:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Schock, Braley legislation aims to boost rural health care

Congressmen from Iowa and Illinois want to improve health care in rural parts of their states. Wednesday, democrat Bruce Braley from Iowa's First District and republican Aaron Schock from Illinois' 18th district introduced the Rural Health Clinic Fairness Act.  Braley says Medicare currently has an incentive program, with grants up to 44-thousand dollars, to encourage hospitals and other health professionals to transition to electronic medical records. Their bill would make rural health clinics eligible for these grants. 

“The reason why electronic medical records are so important today in medicine is that they help improve patient care, reduce healthcare costs and help prevent medical errors,” Braley says. Medicare Certified Rural Health Clinics are located in rural, medically-underserved areas of the US. And according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, there are 142 in Iowa, and 221 in Illinois.