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UM System praises retiring Missouri Senator Blunt, for working to address doctor shortage in rural towns

The UM Board of Curators praises Missouri’s retiring senior senator for obtaining funding to address primary care doctor shortages in rural communities.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R) secured $25 million for a medical student education program. The money is split between UMKC and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Senator Blunt is the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Ten rural Missouri hospitals have closed since 2014, including Boonville’s hospital. In addition, there is a shortage of doctors and specialists in a number of smaller mid-Missouri towns.

The funding obtained by Blunt is aimed at addressing that.

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