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Franken Seeks Solutions to Rural Health Challenges
Duluth News Tribune (1.18.2015)
Older adults living in rural Northeastern Minnesota face health care challenges from a lack of access to resources, shortage of medical staff and isolation in small towns, industry representatives told Sen. Al Franken on Saturday during a listening session in Duluth.
Those challenges ó and possible solutions ó were laid out at the meeting with Franken, D Minn., co-chairman of the bipartisan Senate Rural Health Caucus, at the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission.
Concerns expressed during the session included health care jobs going unfilled because skilled workers donít want to move to rural Minnesota; inability to pay competitive wages to entice people to the health care industry; the need for broadband Internet in rural areas to communicate and use electronic health records; and the inability for some residents to receive services because of their distance from medical facilities....more

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