Rosen bill aims for increase in rural doctors


U.S. Sens. Jacky Rosen and John Boozman have introduced legislation designed to get more doctors in underserved areas of the country.
The bill would send more federally-funded medical residency slots to areas where doctors are most needed.
Rosen, a Nevada Democrat, said Nevada is 48th in the nation in per capita primary physicians which Rosen said has a serious impact on the ability of Nevadans to get health care.
Boozman, and Arkansas Republican, said rural states like Arkansas have a serious challenge getting doctors.
He said the legislation will help bridge the gap and encourage more medical school graduates to practice in rural areas.
The plan received immediate support from officials of the UNR and UNLV medical schools.

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