New Law Expands Medical Access in Rural Colorado

(Aug. 7) – A new law to improve access to health care services in rural Colorado went into effect today.

SB 13-264, sponsored by Reps. Mike McLachlan (D-Durango) and Ed Vigil (D-Fort Garland), directs the Commission on Family Medicine to support the development of rural family medicine residency programs to help combat the lack of healthcare services in rural areas. Twenty percent of the population lives in rural areas, but only nine percent of physicians practice there.

“Representing a rural district, I understand how important it is to improve access to healthcare services in less populated areas of the state,” Rep. McLachlan said. “These programs will help retain and recruit doctors to rural areas like southwestern Colorado, where their services are very much needed.”

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