Rural America continues to struggle to recruit and retain qualified health care providers in their communities. Democratic U.S. Senator Tina Smith and Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming are introducing a bill that would fund and train more health care workers — the catch — 50-percent of that training must be done in rural areas of the state:

“Gosh I’ve visited a lot of rural doctor’s offices, clinics and hospitals in small towns and rural parts of Minnesota and everyone tells me how difficult it is to recruit and then retain those physicians and other health care providers.”

If passed, the legislation would also award grants for states to translate the new Rural Health Care Workforce Act into reality.