A Doctor for Your Town

You know how important your doctor is. No one should live in a county without one. To help, the Affordable Care Act invests in new and expanded efforts to train doctors, nurses, and physician assistants to practice in rural communities like yours.

The law expands loan repayment programs for medical professionals who work in underserved areas. It strengthens doctor and nurse education programs, with a focus on training nurses at community colleges. In addition, the law extends provider payment rates for critical access hospitals and for some rural doctors.

This map documents the need for doctor’s offices by county in 2009. The Affordable Care Act provides incentives for doctors to practice in small towns like these. They will help change the color of the map across rural America.

Contact me, Brian Depew, for more information, briand@cfra.org or 402.687.2100.