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Despite Decades of Initiatives, Rural Physicians Grow Scarcer

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.

Trump Administration Launches Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives

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.

USDA/RUS Reconnect Pilot BB Program Loans and Grants

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.

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HHS Deputy Secretary Unveils New Rural Health Program at NRHA Policy Institute 

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.

White House Releases FY2021 Federal Budget Proposal 

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.