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NTIA Released their Most Recent Broadband Infrastructure Map

  An interactive map from the federal National Telecommunications and Information Administration shows how broadband infrastructure may impact local economies.  Using county-level data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the map provides a percentage of households with a broadband subscription as well as data on employment, wages and income, poverty, home values, population change and migration, educational attainment, and gross domestic product.

A New Proposed Rule on Disclosure of Ownership for Nursing Facilities Has Been Annnounced

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule that would require the disclosure of certain ownership, managerial, and other information regarding Medicare skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and Medicaid nursing facilities. CMS believes that greater transparency about nursing home owners and operators can help CMS and other regulators hold these parties more accountable for the quality of care they furnish. Recent research from the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center looked at quality of SNFs serving rural Medicare beneficiaries and included an overview of SNF characteristics including ownership status. Comments are due by April 14, 2023.

Read About Guiding Rural Health Clinics at the End of the Public Health Emergency Here

  The National Association of Rural Health Clinics first describes some of the COVID-related waivers and flexibilities that applied widely – such as those reducing barriers to telehealth – and then those that were specific to RHCs.  These include relaxed requirements that physicians provide medical direction to nurse practitioners and justification to provide home nursing services, among others.  These waivers will end with the public health emergency.

See Your States Timeline for Unwinding Medicaid Continuous Enrollment

  As of April 1, states will resume eligibility reviews for enrollees in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), also known as unwinding the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement. This chart details the expected first month for each state/territory’s unwinding-related renewals, as well as the anticipated effective date for the first terminations of enrollees’ Medicaid coverage.  The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families maintains a 50-State Unwinding Tracker that compiles information found on state websites, including links to how enrollees can update their contact information and communication materials and toolkits for partners.  Nearly a quarter of individuals under age 65 who live in rural areas are covered by Medicaid.

Announcing a 2-year Extension of Guidance Regarding Non-U.S. Citizens with Valid Social Security Numbers and Employment Authorization Documents

The Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) is pleased to announce a two year extension of guidance originally published on April 29, 2022 which makes non-U.S. citizens with valid Social Security Numbers (SSN) and work authorization, as evidenced by documentation such as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), Form I-766, temporarily eligible to apply for assistance. This extension expires on May 2, 2025.

Please note, applicant(s) must meet all other criteria set forth in 7 CFR Part 3555 and Handbook 1-3555.

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