weather icon Clear

Biden signs bill to improve rural health care in Nevada

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden signed into law Monday several bipartisan bills including one sponsored by lawmakers to improve health care for rural residents in states such as Nevada.

The Nevada Primary Care Association endorsed legislation that would allow community health centers to use federal funds to provide mobile health care units to better serve residents in rural areas of states where facilities are often hard to reach for elderly, disabled or poor patients.

U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., said the bill signed into law by the president is critical “to increase access to quality health care across Nevada and our country.”

About 111,000 Nevadans depend on community clinics for health and dental care each year, according to the Nevada Primary Care Association, which represents community clinics.

Rosen, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, sponsored the legislation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that restricted access for many in less populated states.

Rosen was joined by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in sponsoring the Senate bill. Companion legislation was filed in the House by U.S. Reps. Susie Lee, D-Nev., and Richard Hudson, R-N.C.

“For too many people who live in underserved and rural areas, it is nearly impossible to physically get to a doctor’s office,” said Lee, who serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Allowing health centers to use mobile clinics “will help bring essential health care to people where they are,” Lee said.

Lighting, pets bills now law

Other bills signed into law by Biden on Monday include legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., that would instruct the federal government to use efficient bulbs and lighting systems in federal facilities to save up to $15 million for taxpayers each year.

“It is yet another step we can take in our attack on climate change. Doing well by doing good,” said Titus, chairwoman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on public buildings.

Her bill had bipartisan support in the Senate and was co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Gary Peters, D-Mich.

Titus also sponsored a bill that drew bipartisan support in the House and Senate that would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to plan for accommodating pets when people are evacuated from floods, wildfires, hurricanes and other catastrophes.

“No one should have to risk their lives because they refuse to abandon beloved pets before a natural disaster,” said Peters, who co-sponsored the Senate version of the bill with Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

Contact Gary Martin at gmartin@reviewjournal.com. Follow @garymartindc on Twitter.

GALLERY: Meet your new Ms. Senior Golden Years Queen

Six sensational ladies competing in the 2024 Ms. Senior Golden Years Pageant took to the stage for an evening of poise, elegance and entertainment, all culminating in the crowning of the newest Ms. Senior Golden Years Queen, Debbie Forrest.

Fixing Pahrump Valley fences could protect the herds — here’s how

Nye County has embarked on a mission to fix a six-mile stretch of wildlife fencing in an effort to protect the area’s free-roaming wild horse and burro herds and the next round of repair will take place this weekend, with the entire community invited to lend a hand.

95-year-old grand marshal shares the secret to his longevity

More than 40 friends and family celebrated Emil Janssen’s 95th birthday on Saturday, June 8 at the Pahrump Senior Center. The co-founder of Pahrump Family Mortuary will serve as grand marshal for this year’s Fourth of July parade in Pahrump, and says the secret to his longevity is simple.

A tribute to 99 years: Community icon celebrates milestone

Turning 99 years of age today, Wednesday, June 19, B.J. Hetrick-Irwin is proving each and every day that you are never too old to make a difference – and enjoy yourself while you’re at it.

Smiles Across Pahrump will give you a reason to grin

If readers need a reason to smile this weekend, head on over to Smiles Across Pahrump, where there will be plenty of opportunities for grinning as the local Moose Lodge hosts this annual free family event.

LGBTQ foster recruitment a focus for Pride Month

If you want to make a real difference in the life of children in rural Nevada, become a foster care provider.

Post-primary: 2 commission seats decided

The Nevada primary is meant to narrow down party selections ahead of the November general election, but for some local races, Nye County voters voiced their final decisions on Tuesday.