WASHINGTON, D.C. (LEARFIELD) – To help rural communities overcome challenges recruiting and retaining qualified health care providers, U.S. Senator Tina Smith crafted legislation that would help fund and train more primary care physicians.

One of the requirements, 50-percent of that training would have to take place in rural communities.

“We know that if you’re trained in those locations, you’re much more likely to stay there then if you’re trained in one of the cities and don’t have that rural experience,” said Smith.

On this National Rural Health Day(Thurs) Smith is teaming up with Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming and introducing the bill today.