Press Release: CSRC Applauds Congressman Collin Peterson’s Commitment to Rural Healthcare

Recent Announcement on $234,000 Grant for Telemedicine Expansion Underscores his Leadership

December 4, 2019 – This week Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN-07) announced that CentraCare Health System will receive a USDA Rural Development grant that will expand access to education and health care opportunities in rural Minnesota.

The $234,648 Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant will establish a telemedicine project and address the shortage of specialty care physicians in rural areas. Video equipment will be placed at 10 locations in eight central Minnesota counties: Kandiyohi, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Renville, Stearns, Swift, Todd, and Wadena. An additional 73 individual patient sites will be added as a result of this project with
an estimated additional 2,000 patients served over the project’s two-year period.

Congressman Peterson said it perfectly.

“This grant will broaden the range of critical medical services accessible in rural areas specifically connecting facilities across eight counties. Removing barriers to access is key to improving health conditions for individuals and families in these communities,” Peterson said.

“CSRC couldn’t agree more and we thank Congressman Collin Peterson for his ongoing leadership for increasing access to rural healthcare” said Kelly Erickson, Chairman of CSRC’s Steering Committee, and resident of Hallock, MN.

On behalf of Minnesotans this past week, Congressman Peterson joined his colleagues in Congress in writing a letter to Medicare administrators asking them to correct inaccurate information that is displayed on official Medicare websites and platforms.

Congressman Peterson has not stopped fighting to provide increased access to affordable healthcare in our rural communities. Earlier this year he co-sponsored H.R.1035, the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act, which would give the American public and Congress greater visibility on what drives the increases in prescription drug prices.

“Collin Peterson is an unwavering voice for his constituents on issues like access to healthcare,” said Erickson.