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    This page contains Congressional resolutions. Resolutions indicate the topics that legislators care about, but cannot legislate about.

01-WGA06 on Aug 14, 2001

Resolution: the Western Governors' Association resolution:
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 06: Rural Health Improvements
  1. Western Governors want rural areas to have an adequate and able workforce to deliver needed health care services. The governors call on the federal government to provide necessary funding for programs such as the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) that have a state-based component, and the Health Professions programs that help health professionals serve in rural and frontier areas.
  2. Western Governors believe that rural health care providers should be paid fairly by Medicare in order to ensure access to health care for rural citizens. The governors encourage the federal government to take further steps to ensure equity in Medicare reimbursement for urban and rural areas.
  3. Alaska, Hawaii, America Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam face extraordinary geographic barriers in providing healthcare services and they should be designated for special consideration and adequate funding to overcome their frontier barriers.
  4. Federal programs like the Rural Health Outreach Grants and the Rural Hospital Flexibility program need to continue to provide funds to states and communities to experiment with new programs, integration of services and coalition building to develop new types of providers, facilities, and services.
  5. Western Governors believe in strengthening the existing health care system. Support for home health agencies, rural health clinics, public health nursing and critical access hospitals are partial solutions.
  6. Western Governors support the elimination of barriers to the use of telemedicine as outlined in the WGAs 1998 report. In particular, we request that the federal efforts to increase reimbursement for telemedicine consultations, to protect the privacy of patient-identifiable medical information and to support rural health provider telecommunication costs with universal service funds continue.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Question 5: Expand ObamaCare Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: More federal funding for rural health services (Score: 1)

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Democrats participating in 01-WGA06

Ben Cayetano s1sHI Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002) 
Gray Davis s1sCA Former Democratic 
John Kitzhaber s1sOR Democratic Governor 
Gary Locke s1sWA Former Democratic Governor (1997-2004); Cabinet (Commerce) 
Tauese Sunia s1sAS00 Former Democratic Governor 



Republicans participating in 01-WGA06

Jim Geringer s1oWY Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Bill Graves s1sKS Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Kenny Guinn s1sNV Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
John Hoeven s1oND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Jane Dee Hull s1sAZ Former Republican Governor (1997-2002) 
Bill Janklow s1sSD00 Former Republican Governor (1979=1986 & 1995-2002) 
Mike Johanns s1sNE Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008 
Judy Martz s1sMT Former Republican Governor (2001-2005) 
William Owens s1oCO Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
Rick Perry s1sTX Republican Governor 



Independents participating in 01-WGA06

Carl Gutierrez s1sGU00 Former Guam Governor 
Gary Johnson s1sNM Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger 
Dirk Kempthorne s1sID Former GOP Governor (1999-2006); and Cabinet Sec'y. 
Tony Knowles s1sAK Former 2008 Senate Dem. primary challenger 
Mike Leavitt s1sUS Cabinet-2008 
Pedro Tenorio s1sIT00 Former Marianas Governor (1982-1990) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 5
Republicans: 10
Independents: 6


















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