- Call for Nominations: Rural Telehealth and Healthcare System Readiness Committee
- Addiction Doctor: Rural Residents Should Get Naloxone, Just in Case
- Rebuilding the Foundation of Rural Community Health after COVID-19
- CMS Announces New Federal Funding for 33 States to Support Transitioning Individuals from Nursing Homes to the Community
- Administration Announces $200 Million from CDC to Jurisdictions for COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness
- Red-Zone Report: New Rural Infections Jump 30% in Last Week
- HRSA: Revised Geographic Eligibility for Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Grants
- Rural Hospitals Without Obstetrics Units Worry About Emergency Births
- Trump Administration Invests $268 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 28 States
- America's 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths: Small Cities and Towns Bear a Growing Share
- How the Pandemic Forced Mental Health Care to Change for the Better
- CMS Announces New Guidance for Safe Visitation in Nursing Homes During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
- Rural 'Red-Zone' List Shortens Significantly for First Time in Two Months
- Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy
- COVID Exodus Fills Vacation Towns with New Medical Pressures
Nov 25, 2019 — Summarizes survey findings where rural and urban nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) were asked about their history and practice of treating patients with buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. Includes the demographic breakdown of the clinicians surveyed and identifies barriers to prescribing the treatment, such as concerns of misuse and a lack of psychosocial support services in their area.
Nov 26, 2019 — Summarizes a study that reported three straight years of declining life expectancy in the U.S., attributed to an uptick in deaths from opioid and alcohol abuse as well as obesity. Describes a disparity between rural and urban life expectancies due to healthcare access and income inequality.
This new issue guide discusses the rising mental health crisis in farming communities and provides information on organizations and model programs that are addressing the challenges and mental health needs of this population.
Rural enrollees receiving subsidies on Affordable Care Act exchanges gained more from the Trump administration terminating cost-sharing reduction payments and subsequent state actions than their urban counterparts, according to a new study.
Harrisburg, PA – On December 4, 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the award of $15 million to expand access to high-quality, affordable child care to more than 900 infants and toddlers around Pennsylvania. The investment comes from the 2019-2020 budget, which included the $15 million investment in federal funds to expand access to high-quality care and reduce the subsidized child care waiting list.
Harrisburg, PA (WENY)– Governor Tom Wolf has signed a Bill into law he says supports public health. Senate Bill 314 creates a pilot program aimed at improving the financial stability of hospitals serving rural communities.
Harrisburg, PA – On December 3, 2019, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller submitted public comment to the Trump Administration opposing its proposal to change how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – formerly known as food stamps – are determined. The proposed rule would alter the method Pennsylvania uses to determine the Heating/Cooling Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) for SNAP recipients and could negatively affect approximately 775,000 households in Pennsylvania.
HHS has announced Ready, Set, PrEP, a national program that will provide HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications to thousands of Americans. Truvada for PrEP® and Descovy® are safe and effective medications that keep people from getting HIV and this program will bring the nation one step closer to ending the HIV epidemic in the United States.
CMS last week announced that 703,556 people signed up for federal exchange plans during the fourth week of the Affordable Care Act’s current open enrollment period, bringing total sign ups since the open enrollment period’s launch to 2,372,957. Total signups so far this open enrollment period are down by about 2% when compared with the same point in last year’s open enrollment period, when 2,424,913 people had signed up for federal exchange plans. (Source: Bloomberg Law, 12/2)
U.S. residents for decades had seen improvements in average life expectancy, but the trend reversed in 2014, according to a study published last week in JAMA. Researchers found that, since 2014, more U.S. residents have been dying at middle age from drug overdoses, diseases, obesity, suicide, and dozens of other causes. (Source: Washington Post, 11/26)