McKnight's April 1, 2024
Nate Schema

What some call flyover country, I call America’s heartland. It’s the part of the map between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes, in states with more cows than people and roads you can drive for an hour without seeing a gas station.

It’s also where access to care for seniors is most at risk when policymakers create cookie-cutter policies that don’t make sense for every nursing home. The staffing rule expected this year is one unfortunate example of good intentions leading to devastating policy for our rural communities.

In her series “Rural Peril,” Kim Marselas examined the unique challenges faced by rural nursing homes and how providers are innovating to find solutions. While this comprehensive reporting outlines why I’m...

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