Abrams is the Only Candidate for Governor with Plans to Expand Rural Health Care Access
ATLANTA — Today, at an event in Plains, Georgia with President Jimmy Carter, Democratic nominee for governor and former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams unveiled her plan to increase health care access in rural Georgia. She announced plans to promote tele-health to connect rural Georgians with specialists outside their community, support health professionals via service cancelable loans and special scholarship programs, and increase apprenticeships throughout rural Georgia so health professionals can gain skills and serve their communities. She also doubled down on her commitment to expand Medicaid to protect rural hospitals.
“Every Georgian, in all 159 counties, deserves access to quality, affordable health care,” said Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams. “That means expanding Medicaid to keep rural hospitals open, supporting tele-health so Georgians can get access to the care they need, ensuring that current and potential health care professionals can gain the skills they need, and incentivizing those professionals to serve in rural Georgia. As governor, I am committed to serving all Georgians and ensuring they have the health care coverage they need to thrive.”
“Stacey Abrams is the most qualified candidate in this race to handle Georgia’s rural health crisis,” said President Jimmy Carter. “Ensuring that those in rural Georgia have access to quality, affordable health care has been one of my life’s primary goals, and Georgia has only one candidate for governor who can make this vision a reality.
“Stacey has a bipartisan track record and knows how to reach across the aisle in order to do what’s right for Georgians. Every time she puts forward a proposal to better the lives of Georgians, her Republican colleagues listen. In the Governor’s Mansion, I know she will continue to reach across the aisle to find solutions for rural Georgia.”
With 68% of rural Georgians reporting that they struggle with the cost of healthcare and with the closure of six rural hospitals since 2013, Stacey Abrams understands that creating affordable and accessible healthcare options for every Georgian is a priority.
Background: Rural Health
Stacey Abrams knows we have a rural health care crisis in Georgia and knows it will take statewide leadership and deep investment to address the collapse of rural hospitals and access to care. The decline in populations means that a private market solution is highly unlikely, and if we value our rural communities, we must access all available resources to provide support. Stacey Abrams is the most qualified candidate to expand healthcare in rural Georgia. As governor, she will:
- Expand Medicaid to save rural hospitals and generate thousands of health care jobs in rural Georgia,
- Promote tele-health to link rural Georgians with specialists outside their community,
- Expand efforts to encourage doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to locate in rural Georgia—including service cancellable loans and special scholarship programs, and
- Increase apprenticeships throughout rural Georgia, including in health care occupations, so Georgians can gain skills and serve their communities.