The Rural Health Council has been around for nearly three decades, but it got a new committment from the state this year with the passage of a bill to make it permanent. The council is made up of health care providers, and will be required to issue biennial reports to the governor and legislature, and work with the Regional Economic Development Councils. And the bill's sponsors say this means more opportunities to address the challenges faced by doctors and hospitals in rural areas. Gary Fitzgerald, President of the Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, joins us to talk more about this.