Biden touts rural healthcare

FAISON The pair toured the Goshen Medical Center in Faison and touted the benefit the federal stimulus package will have on rural communities and their health care.

"Community health centers are at the heart of many of our rural communities," said Vice President Biden. "Sometimes, these clinics are the only health facilities for miles and miles. The Recovery Act's investment is crucial meeting the health and medical needs of millions of Americans."

The federal stimulus package includes $2 billion for community health centers like the one in Faison that serves Duplin, Eastern Sampson and Southern Wayne Counties. The Faison center will get $635,000.

"Without access to quality and affordable health care, many rural communities like this one, would have trouble surviving," said Secretary Vilsack. "This support is essential if we are going to fully realize the Obama-Biden Administration's goal of rebuilding and revitalizing rural America."

Later Wednesday, Biden and Vilsack visited a Pikeville fire department. It is getting federal money to build a new fire station.

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