U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-KS was recognized for his years of work in protecting and improving rural health care by the National Rural Health Association, which awarded him their top honor, the 2000 Legislative Award.

"I am honored to be recognized in this way," Senator Roberts said. "I will continue to fight for rural health care providers, so that Kansans and all Americans living in rural communities will have access to the high quality care they deserve."

"This honor is in recognition of Senator Roberts' ongoing leadership and commitment to improving the health care of rural Americans, in Kansas and across the nation," said Charlotte Hardt, president of the National Rural Health Association.

Senator Roberts authored the Rural Health Care in the 21st Century Act of 2000 and has been an outspoken advocate of the need to correct unintentional consequences to the Medicare program, as a result of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. He has fought to protect rural health care providers from further Medicare cuts and to restore adequate reimbursement. Senator Roberts also has pushed to implement new technologies, such as telehealth, so that rural residents can access the same doctors and specialists as those living in more urban areas.

The National Rural Health Association, nonprofit association that seeks to improve the health care of rural Americans, is headquartered in Kansas City, MO, and has an office in Washington, DC.

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