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U.S Senators urge FCC to improve health care in rural communities

U.S Senators urge FCC to improve health care in rural communities (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

U.S. Senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to improve health care in rural communities.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is one senator who has stepped up to take action.

Blunt is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Earlier in the week he joined 30 other U.S. Senators urging the FCC to strengthen a program that would improve health care in rural communities.

This is done through services like telehealth that rely on increased connectivity.

The senators wrote a letter to the FCC asking to increase the funding cap for the Rural Health Care Program.

Despite growing demand, the program has not seen a funding increase since it was created in 1997.

In a letter, the senators wrote, " Unless the spending cap is raised appropriately to account for current needs and future growth, health care providers in rural areas will encounter severe rate increases for their broadband services, making it even harder for rural health care practitioners to engage in life-saving telemedicine."

To view the full letter click here.

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