Rural Health Care Threatened by Green Card Backlog, Travel Ban

Rural Health Care Threatened by Green Card Backlog, Travel Ban

Parija Kavilanz, CNN Money, June 8, 2018 - "Dr. Raghuveer Kura is the only kidney specialist that the town of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, has had at its hospital for the past nine years. He sees nearly 3,000 patients, including 80 who need life-saving dialysis treatments. "Some of my patients drive from an hour away to see me," said Kura, who is also chief of medicine at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. "There is no other big hospital in town. This is it." But now, a possible decades long wait for his green card has forced him to consider leaving Poplar Bluff and the United States behind."