In a recent announcement, Billy Jones MP D-Chateaugay said he would prioritize easier access to healthcare and broadband internet services for rural communities during the legislative session of the ‘next year.
“Rural New York City communities have long faced unique struggles that continue to receive insufficient attention from the state government,” Jones said. “Rural health care providers suffer from high operating costs and a lack of state support, while broadband access in rural communities is hampered by unnecessary fees and bureaucratic hurdles. . I will always fight for legislation that addresses and alleviates these issues for the health and safety of families in the north of the country.
According to information provided by MP Jones’ office, travel and delivery reimbursement rates for rural home health care providers do not adequately cover the costs of services, as travel times are typically longer than they would be in large cities.
Jones’ proposed bill would change this by increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate for rural home health care providers to cover actual transportation costs.
“Current state law does not allow fire departments to recover the costs of providing emergency medical services, forcing many people to stop providing these vital services due to the cost increase “ Connie Mandeville, communications coordinator for the office of Assembly Member D. Billy Jones, said. “To remedy this, Jones sponsored legislation that would allow fire departments to recover these costs. Likewise, in order to help EMS agencies gain better access to funding opportunities, Jones sponsored a bill that would classify emergency medical services as essential.
According to a report provided by NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, 19.3% of households in the north of the country receive unreliable broadband access.
“In an increasingly virtual world, it is essential that all New Yorkers have access to high-speed internet services not only for entertainment, but also for employment opportunities, homework and home visits. doctor. Jones notes.
To remove potential barriers to improving rural broadband access, Jones is co-sponsoring a bill that will ban charges for the use and occupancy of state right-of-way under an agreement with a fiber optic supplier, as well as the introduction of a currently pending bill that would prohibit charging these fees. for federally funded broadband fiber optic projects.
According to Jones Office, fiber optic providers are the only utilities that have to pay these additional charges.