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MRCC’s Jamie Blair spoke with ABC17 about the $16 million grant awarded to University of Missouri for programs to help alleviate the rural health care crisis.
“We are looking at one-third of Missouri hospitals in rural areas at risk of closing right now. That’s a lot. That comes out to 19 that are imminently at risk right now,” Blair said. “We absolutely applaud HRSA for giving the University this grant because we have got to start somewhere and every little bit helps but honestly 16 million dollars is a drop in the bucket as far as the need that is actually facing these communities.”