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Medicare Payments to Rural Areas

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Medicare Payments to Rural Areas

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Medicare Payments to Rural Areas

Medicare Payments to Rural Areas

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For many years, doctors and hospitals in rural areas have complained that they receive lower payments from the federal Medicare program than their counterparts in big cities. Now, there's a move in Congress to address the gap. NPR's Howard Berkes reports on the situation in Clarke County, Ala., where doctors and hospitals are struggling.