- EOP: Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access
- HHS Awards Over $101 Million to Combat the Opioid Crisis
- Research Brief: Rural Areas Have Higher Individual Health Insurance Premiums and Fewer Plan Choices
- 'Like a Horror Movie': A Small Border Hospital Battles the Coronavirus
- Using Pharmacists to Provide Care in Rural Areas
- Trump Administration Proposes to Expand Telehealth Benefits Permanently for Medicare Beneficiaries Beyond the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Advances Access to Care in Rural Areas
- President Trump Signs Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access
- Rural Counties Playing Catch-up with 2020 Census Response
- FCC Extends 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window
- HHS Extends Application Deadline for Medicaid Providers and Plans to Reopen Portal to Certain Medicare Providers
- Rural and Community Hospitals – Disappearing Before Our Eyes
- Helping America's "Forgotten Places" Amid a Pandemic
- Study Examines Telehealth, Rural Disparities in Pandemic
- Research Brief: Rural Nurse Practitioners Work with More Autonomy than Urban Nurse Practitioners
- Native Americans Feel Devastated by the Virus Yet Overlooked in the Data
Jan 14, 2020 — Discusses the projected decline in the number of physicians in rural areas, a Montana State University professor attributes the drop to minimal career opportunities for spouses, isolation, and lack of entertainment in rural areas. Describes how policy and recruitment programs have attempted to lure physicians to rural areas, but the need is more prominent as health disparities increase.
Jan 29, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Justice announced the White House task force on missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Native held its first meeting. Describes how the task force will work with tribal governments, develop protocols, and increase awareness to address the high rates of violence towards Native community members.
Jan 30, 2020 — The Government Accountability Office is requesting nominations for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, which will provide feedback on physician payment models to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. Nominations are due February 28, 2020.
Jan 30, 2020 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces their investment of $20.4 billion to establish the new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which will direct funds over the next ten years. The first phase will provide wholly unserved census blocks with fixed broadband, while phase II will focus on the same for partially served.
Jan 31, 2020 — The President issued an executive order on combating human trafficking and online exploitation of children. Describes the federal government’s commitment to strengthen its responsiveness to human trafficking, prosecute human traffickers, and protect victims of human trafficking and exploitation.
Feb 3, 2020 — Many rural residents struggle to access healthcare services, often traveling far distances, due to a shortage of providers. Features strategies used by medical schools across the country that encourage young doctors to practice in rural areas.
National Rural Health Association CEO Alan Morgan discusses his organization’s work on the national and global stages and shares his rural health predictions for 2020.
SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter referred to as the Agency, announces its general policy and application procedures for its second round of funding under the broadband pilot program. This pilot program was established pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. The Agency is announcing the application window for this second round of funding and requesting comments on the program.
Applications: Beginning on January 31, 2020, applications can be submitted through the RUS on-line application portal until 6:00 p.m. Eastern on March 16, 2020.
During his remarks at the National Rural Health Policy Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced President Trump’s new rural health plan’s four main areas of focus: preventing diseases, creating sustainable financing, using technology to improve access, and laying the groundwork for a stronger workforce. Also, the new program will attempt to tackle maternal health and opioid issues. Deputy Secretary Hargan has signaled more details to come explaining the intricacies of the plan.
During the week of February 10, 2020, the Office of the President released its federal budget proposal for the FY2021. The annual release of the President’s budget is a non-binding document that is not expected to be adopted. The President’s budget provides a roadmap of programs and initiatives being prioritized by the administration in office. Here is a breakdown of proposed Health and Human Services program spending.