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NIELSON CO-SPONSORS BILL TO HELP RURAL HEALTH CARE

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Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, is co-sponsoring a bill to strengthen the nation's sagging rural health-care system.

"Some rural communities in Utah are in serious jeopardy with regard to their health care," Nielson said Friday. "This legislation incorporates a number of issues I've been working with over the past few years."They include:

- Revitalizing the National Health Service Corps with a renewed scholarship program for health professionals willing to practice in rural areas.

- Improving Medicare reimbursements for rural hospitals.

- Providing tax incentives to attract physicians to rural areas.

- Reforming payment systems to physicians in rural areas.