Sending Office: Honorable Bruce Poliquin
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Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join the Congressional Rural Hospitals Caucus to support our rural hospitals and the millions of Americans who depend on their services.  The unique circumstances of our nation’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) provide the caucus an opportunity
to ensure rural Americans have access to vital health care services. As the needs of our rural communities continue to evolve, this bipartisan caucus will bring the issues facing CAH to the forefront of policymaking in Washington, D.C.

Serving our Veterans
One of the greatest and most important responsibilities for Members of Congress is to honor the service and sacrifice of members in the military, which includes ensuring they have access to care when they return to civilian life. The Caucus will work towards
helping our veterans receive care as close to home as possible by identifying and addressing issues with veteran’s access to our rural hospitals. This includes ensuring that our CAHs receive timely and accurate payment from the VA for the care that they provide
to our heroes. 

Enhancing Telehealth Services
Telemedicine is an important tool for rural Americans to access care. For those who have limited access to services because of long driving distances or impeding weather, these services are vital to their livelihood.  In our nation’s most rural regions, it
is critical that people have access to medical support as soon as possible.  The Caucus will examine how Telemedicine can contribute to improving quality care and patient outcomes.

Combating the Opioid Epidemic
According to the Centers for Disease Control, rural communities experienced a higher rate of opioid overdose deaths compared to urban areas.  In our communities, our CAH are at the frontlines of this fight. It is critical that our CAH are equipped with the
necessary tools to help tackle this crisis head on. The Caucus will provide an opportunity for us to share best practices among CAH, assisting our providers connect patients with the tools they need to live a healthy and safe life.

Please join us in supporting our rural hospitals. For more information or to join the Caucus please contact Allison Behuniak in Representative Bruce Poliquin’s office by email at




Bruce Poliquin                                                             Collin Peterson               
Member of Congress                                                   Member of Congress

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