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Congressman Valadao Hosts CMS Administrator Verma for Health Care Roundtable

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Coalinga, November 20, 2017 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Today, United States Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) hosted CMS Administrator Seema Verma in Coalinga, California for a hospital tour and roundtable discussion.
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COALINGA – Today, United States Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) hosted CMS Administrator Seema Verma in Coalinga, California for a hospital tour and roundtable discussion.

During her visit, Seema Verma, Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), visited Coalinga Regional Medical Center for a tour of the facility, led by CEO and Administrator Sharon Spurgeon.

Following the tour, she joined Congressman Valadao and local health care providers, industry leaders, and patients for a conversation on the health care challenges facing rural regions of the nation, particularly, the Central Valley.

During the roundtable discussion, hospital administrators and medical professionals provided insight regarding the unique obstacles rural facilities face. Specifically, participants discussed Medicaid reimbursement rates, workforce shortages, and the need for additional support for teaching health centers. Patients from California’s Twenty First Congressional District shared their personal experiences accessing quality health care in the Central Valley.

Congressman Valadao stated, “Economic factors, cultural and social differences, educational shortcomings, and the sheer isolation of living in remote areas, have all contributed to health care disparities between rural and urban regions. I look forward to working with Administrator Verma to ensure my constituents can access the quality care they deserve and live healthy lives.”

Administrator Seema Verma said, “Representative Valadao has been a champion for not only rural Californians, but for making sure all Americans receive high quality health care that meets their unique needs. I look forward to continuing to work with him to create a health care system that works for all Americans.”

Participants in the roundtable included PARTICIPANT ONE, PARTICIPANT TWO, PARTICIPANT THREE, PARTICIPANT FOUR.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.
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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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