Congressman Jodey Arrington has been appointed co-chair of the new Rural and Underserved Committees Health Task Force which is under the House Ways and Means Committee.

He’ll serve on the committee alongside three other Congress members; Republican Congressman Brad Wenstrup from Ohio, Democratic Representative Danny K. Davis of Illinois and Democratic Representative Terri Sewell of Alabama.

According to the House Ways and Means Committee website, the new task force will focus on delivering health care in rural and underserved areas and explore holistic bipartisan policy options.

 

On his appointment, Congressman Arrington has released the following statement: "There is no question that our country is facing a serious crisis in ensuring that rural Americans have the same access to quality care and medical services as their urban and suburban counterparts, with over 90 rural hospitals closing their doors in the past three years, including two in my District in the last year alone. That is why, now more than ever, it is critical we develop sustainable solutions to support those living in America’s breadbasket and energy basin so that we, as a nation, can continue to maintain a safe, affordable and abundant supply of food and energy.

The Underserved Committees Health Task Force will have their first meeting Thursday, July 25th.