Here’s a good story dug up from one of Oklahoma’s rural pockets: A nurse practioner and midwife is trying to start a health center in the city of McAlester, where the nearest OBGYN is roughly 50 miles in any direction (that includes Texas). Shelia Means isn’t letting a little thing like money get in the way of her inspiration to fill a growing need for affordable health care services. “I found that from 43% to 53% of the county residents were living on incomes 200% below the federal poverty level,” Means told the periodical, Community Health Funding Report in a recent article about her efforts. Means scraped together enough state funding to start Caring Hands Healthcare Centers Inc., and is now waiting on the federal funding to come through. Her federal application is one of many that’s gone unfunded because Uncle Sam can only stretch the dollar so far to all the needy communities. The good news is Congress has just passed a bill that increases health center funding by 207 million.