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CMS Releases Medicaid and CHIP Guidance Targeting Vaccination and Testing for COVID-19

To help states support families and communities and to continue to address health disparities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing guidance to states about additional funding for states to promote the importance of COVID-19 vaccination for eligible individuals enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  CMS’s new guidance also highlights Medicaid and CHIP coverage for diagnostic and screening COVID-19 testing in a variety of settings, including schools.

3RNET Recruiting for Retention Academy – October 4

The National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNET) designed this learning opportunity for recruiters, medical directors, and others seeking to employ health professionals in underserved areas.  A series of live webinars lasting up to 90 minutes each will take place between October 5 and December 14.  Attendees will get access to national experts on rural/underserved recruiting and retention. Find more information here.

HRSA Reorganization

This week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a reorganization of its bureaus and offices to accommodate changing needs in the agency’s mission to improve health care for people who are geographically isolated and/or medically underserved.   Among the changes, the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth has moved from its longtime home in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to become an operational focal point for telehealth across all of HRSA’s programs.  Find more information here.

Provider Relief Fund Information Moves to HRSA Website

Information on the Provider Relief Fund program, which gives financial support to providers who have seen lost revenues and increased expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic, previously hosted on the HHS website is now available on the HRSA website.  Users who visit (previous URL) will be automatically re-directed to the new site. All archived content will remain available to the public. For updates about the PRF and other HRSA programs, please subscribe to the HRSA eNews.

Interactive Map Shows Results of 2020 Census

The map allows users to zoom in and find population data for each county in the country.  State profiles give more detail on demographic changes between 2010 and 2020.  Other infographics and visualizations show information topics such as population change by county, food assistance eligibility, and more detailed breakdown of race and ethnicity.  Population counts from the U.S. Census are used to allocate federal funding, provide data for policymaking, plan economic development, and provide data for research, among countless other needs for quality of life.

CDC on Mental Health/Substance Abuse Among Adults with Disabilities During the Pandemic

Using Internet surveys, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that adults with disabilities experienced greater incidents of anxiety or depression, new or increased substance use, and suicidal ideation than did adults without disabilities.  The report includes data for rural locations and recommends that clinicians consider screening all patients for issues related to the pandemic.