Our rural hospitals are in a crisis. This isn't a new problem, but the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly made it worse.
For years, healthcare costs have gone up while Medicare reimbursement rates have gone down. That's turned the screws on hospitals everywhere. However, it's been a particular problem for rural America—where folks are much more likely to rely on Medicare.
You've probably noticed a few more road closures and detours over the last couple of years than usual. That's because the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has been working through their Focus on Bridges program to repair and replace more than 250 bridges across Missouri. That program launched in 2019 after I helped secure an $81.2 million INFRA Grant from the U.S.
Most goods that are shipped by river in the Midwest will use the Mississippi River at some point in their journey. Ensuring that they can flow freely up and down the river is critical. Unfortunately, a navigation feature of the Mississippi River has been neglected for years, slowing the movement of river traffic.
After a couple of contentious weeks in Washington, the House is once again in recess. Given we're in the middle of harvest, that means I've been spending most of my days in the cab of a combine.