August -- A time for barbecues, water sports, corn on the cob, and congressional visits. Wait, congressional visits?â?¨That's right! Every year, Congress goes on vacation in August and often spends that time visiting with constituents in their state. But we're not going on vacation because health care reform is not done. And we need you to join us. â?¨While some rural health care issues are gaining traction in Congress, we need YOU to bring the message home that we need health reform that works for all of us - reform that brings us lower costs, more choices, and coverage rural America can count on.â?¨Rural Americans need:
* More affordable health care options to help America's family farmers, entrepreneurs and small businesses overcome the struggle with skyrocketing health insurance costs, including assistance through refundable tax credits for low and middle income Americans who cannot afford insurance without it.
* Loan forgiveness and other incentives to attract and keep doctors, nurses and other medical providers in our rural communities, including programs that train more rural people as medical professionals.