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Carol M. Siegert, Hunter, N.D., Published October 29 2012

Letter: Gulleson right for North Dakota

For decades, Medicare has paid our providers in North Dakota far less that other states. Some rural hospitals are on the verge of closing. What about the challenges recruiting providers to work in a state where they will make less salary? That is what you call a challenge, especially for rural health care facilities!

While in Congress, Sen. Byron Dorgan and Congressman Earl Pomeroy and current Sen. Kent Conrad fought to close that gap. After years of trying, finally there is a provision in the Affordable Care Act to level the field when it comes to Medicare reimbursement. The Frontier States Amendment means an additional $52 million per year for our hospitals and $16 million per year for our doctors.

Kevin Cramer keeps saying the Affordable Care Act is bad for North Dakota. Why? I can agree that parts of ACA needs some adjustments, however I think it would be huge mistake to repeal, especially the Frontier States Amendment.

I have known and worked with Pam Gulleson before she was a state Legislator. Gulleson’s priorities have always been for the betterment of North Dakota, and Gulleson supports the Frontier States Amendment. Gulleson’s opponent prefers special interest groups.

North Dakota, we need Gulleson to represent us in Congress.