HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced grant awards totaling $28.9 million to expand clinical services and strengthen community-based health care systems in America's rural areas. The grants build upon the department's overall commitment to improving rural health.



March 5, 2002

The Honorable Tommy Thompson


Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20201

Dear Secretary Thompson:


Dear President Bush:

In the year since you signed legislation repealing the standard to protect American workers from job-related ergonomic injury, 1.8 million men and women have suffered painful and often crippling injuries related to these hazards. Despite repeated promises by leaders of your Administration, including Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, nothing has been done on behalf of the millions of Americans whose safeguard was taken away from them by an act of Congress and your signature.








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