USDA Invests to Improve Rural Health Care for Nearly 2 Million Rural Americans

The Department of Agriculture is investing $501 million to improve rural health care infrastructure. USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced the funding Thursday that will help 60 projects across 34 states in areas that serve rural communities. Hazlett says strong healthcare programs help towards “increasing prosperity in rural America.” The announcement came on National Rural Health Day, which is held annually on the third Thursday of November to focus on the specific health care issues facing rural communities. USDA says the funding announcement complements the finalization of a partnership between USDA and the National Rural Health Association to identify issues causing financial strain on rural hospitals.