Although still relatively new to the Statehouse, Senator Larry Crowder (R-District 35) already is earning recognition for championing the interests of rural Coloradans. And nowhere has that been more evident than in Crowder’s work to improve the quality of medical care available to folks living in less populous parts of the state.
It's for this work that Crowder earlier this week received the 2015 "Rural Health Champion Award" from the Colorado Rural Health Center, a non-profit that works to improve care at rural critical access hospitals and clinics across the state. The group singled out for special praise Crowder's work on SB-197, a bill that lessens burdensome state rules that can keep qualified Advanced Practice Registered Nurses from caring for these under-served populations.
"Senator Crowder's work on Senate Bill 197 was a pivotal in demonstrating his dedication to eliminating the barriers that Colorado's rural healthcare providers and communities face every day," said Colorado Rural Health Center CEO Michelle Mills. "The Senator's intentions and actions in and outside the Capitol walls continually advocate for the rural voice. For that, we are distinctively appreciative."
"As someone who lives in rural Colorado and represents a largely rural district, I understand the challenges rural folks can face when it comes to accessing good quality healthcare," said Crowder. "Improving that care is important not just to the personal health of my constituents but to the economic vitality of many rural communities, which badly need the kind of quality medical services that will attract and retain companies, workers and talent."
Crowder pledged to continue advocating for rural Coloradans in the 2016 legislative session, which begins January 13.