Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) launched the bipartisan Primary Care Caucus to educate and advocate on behalf of primary care physicians, providers and patients.  The Primary Care Caucus will focus on educating Congress on the importance of a comprehensive, continuous, coordinated and connected primary care system for patients and communities nationwide.

“As we celebrate National Primary Care Week this week, we are reminded of the tens of thousands of families across our nation – and especially in my district which includes rural Southeastern North Carolina - that are affected by the shortage of primary care physicians,” said Rep. David Rouzer.  “As the co-founder of the Primary Care Caucus, I look forward to working with Congressman Courtney to advocate and promote policies enabling all communities – both rural and urban – to receive access to the best healthcare  services and providers possible.”

"Increasing access to primary care is one of the best ways to promote better health outcomes and control costs,” said Rep. Joe Courtney.  “As a co-founder of the Primary Care Caucus with Congressman Rouzer, I am looking forward to promoting health care policy that recognizes and capitalizes on the importance of primary care in underserved areas, and works to strengthen our primary care workforce nationwide.”

Congressman Rouzer and Congressman Courtney launched the Primary Care Caucus on Thursday, October 8th as part of National Primary Care Week.  Click here to view a video of Congressman Rouzer and Courtney discussing the importance of this Caucus.