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Blunt Tours Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City

Friday, November 12, 2021

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) speaks with Ellett Memorial Hospital CEO Laura Smith and Dr. Jerad Widman in Appleton City, Missouri, on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

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WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) visited Ellett Memorial Hospital in St. Clair County. Blunt joined hospital CEO Laura Smith, St. Clair County Presiding Commissioner Robert Salmon, and other health care professionals to discuss rural health care and the hospital’s COVID-19 response.

“Many Missourians rely on rural health clinics for affordable, quality care close to home,” said Blunt. “It was good to speak with Laura Smith and Commissioner Salmon about how I can help ensure they have the federal support they need to continue keeping our communities safe and healthy.”

Background:

Rural Health:

Blunt has helped lead efforts in the Senate to expand and improve health care in rural areas. In March, he introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent further financial instability for rural health clinics and safeguard the care they provide to underserved communities.

As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, Education and Related Agencies, Blunt helped secure a total of $178 million last year for the Provider Relief Fund, which supports hospitals and health care providers on the frontlines of the pandemic.

The Blunt-backed CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act together provided a total of $178 billion for hospitals and health care providers nationwide.

COVID-19 Vaccines:

Blunt has spoken about the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine and urged all eligible Americans to consider doing so. During his time as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, Education and Related Agencies, Blunt led efforts to provide more than $53 billion to develop and procure coronavirus vaccines and treatments, and $8.75 billion for vaccine distribution in the five bipartisan COVID-19 relief bills signed into law last year.