Accessibility a hitch in rural Colorado health reform

The nearest hospital to Walden, CO is 60 miles away. And there isn’t a doctor’s office in the whole of Jackson County, though a couple of doctors travel to Walden to see patients at a local clinic a few days a week. The shortage of health care in Jackson County is mirrored in Crowley, San Juan and Clear Creek counties, and dozens of rural towns across Colorado. It’s a problem that worsens every year — and something rural health advocates are hoping national reform will fix. The major goal of reform is to add some 47 million uninsured Americans, including about 800,000 Coloradans, to the ranks of the insured.


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