The meeting will be held against the backdrop of a new report out of HHS, which you can find at HealthReform.gov, entitled "Hard Times in the Heartland: Health Care in Rural America." A few of the key reasons rural communities particularly need health reform this year, from the report:
* Nearly one in five of the uninsured – 8.5 million people – live in rural areas.
* Rural residents pay on average for 40% of their health care costs out of their own pocket,compared with the urban share of one-third.
* In a multi-state survey, one in five insured farmers had medical debt.