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Protecting Rural Communities

Sep 5, 2020
Newsletter

Throughout the course of COVID-19, telehealth flexibilities have tremendously helped both patients and providers, allowing for greater access to care. This technology is crucial now more than ever as doctors and physicians have had to adapt to video screenings as opposed to face to face visits due to the virus. 

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As we look toward further innovation and the future of health care delivery via technology, I’m proud to introduce the Ensuring Telehealth Expansion Act to improve the cost-effective delivery of these services and to allow our rural communities to retain critical access to lifesaving care. Take a look below at local support for the bill: 

Coryell Health Hospital in Gatesville
"Representative Williams’ bill will open the door even wider for the residents of Gatesville and surrounding rural communities to more easily access health care. When patients, especially elderly patients, don’t have to always travel to the doctor’s office and can see a provider from the comfort of their own home with telemedicine via phone or video screen, rural health care is advanced light years,” said David Byrom, CEO of Coryell Health Hospital.

Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH)
"Telemedicine has proven itself as a rare bright spot during the COVID-19 crisis allowing both rural and urban residents to access physicians and other providers without traveling. This is especially critical for elderly Medicare patients. We commend Representative Williams for leading the initiative to extend this important tool for rural health care,” said John Henderson, CEO and President of TORCH.

Ensuring Texans have access to the highest quality of care with lower costs will always be one of my top priorities, and I am proud to lead this fight on behalf the 25th District in Congress. To learn more about the Ensuring Telehealth Expansion Act, please click here.

DELIVERING FOR TX-25

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Photo via DailyTrib.com

I was honored to join the U.S. Economic Development Administration announcing a $2.5 million grant investment in reliable infrastructure that will protect our Marble Falls community from potential flooding disasters. This grant for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant will greatly increase the resiliency of Marble Falls’ wastewater facility against future flooding and will increase its capacity to aid in economic development in the area. I’ll continue partnering with the Administration and our local officials to ensure we have the resources to develop and maintain reliable infrastructure in our community.

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THE GREAT AMERICAN COMEBACK

August’s Jobs Report showed 1.4 million jobs were added to our economy nationwide as unemployment continues falling to 8.4%, crushing the forecasted 9.8%! Once again, the report beat expectations. Jobless claims last week also continued tumbling down to 881,000 surpassing national predictions and showing the strength of our economy as people return to work. I will continue fighting for pro-growth policies that will help Main Street America rebuild in the wake of COVID-19. While we still have challenges ahead, we are well on our way to the Great American Comeback and will pull through the pandemic together.

In God we trust,

Roger Williams

Member of Congress