- 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
- 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
- Using Pharmacists to Provide Care in Rural Areas
- 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
A recent report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families finds that Latino children are losing ground in health coverage nationwide. In Pennsylvania, while we appear to be heading in the right direction as the both the number and rate of Latino children with health coverage has improved, the percentage of Latino children who are uninsured is still higher than non-Latino children in the commonwealth. We must do more to connect Latino children in Pennsylvania with health coverage.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is happy to report our 2020 fact sheets are available for partners and advocates. These fact sheets we produce in our role as a proud partner of the Childhood Begins at Home coalition show unserved children by county, and the startlingly low number of children served by voluntary evidence-based home visiting programs statewide.
The national KIDS COUNT project allows us to produce these materials connecting data to home visiting initiatives. Learn more about Childhood Begins at Home.
This resource provides an overview of the Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) program, how the MDH designation differs from other rural hospital designations, and how MDH hospitals have changed over time. It discusses the decrease in the number of MDHs over time and examines a variety of operational and financial metrics across MDHs over time. Read the overview here.
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Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is elated to announce that after nearly one year of work convening a comprehensive stakeholder table in the infant and toddler policy space – including both state officials and external advocates – Pennsylvania has received the Pritzker Children’s Initiative (PCI) Prenatal-to-Age-Three Implementation grant.
The overall goal of the project is to increase the number of children and families receiving high-quality services by 25 percent by 2023, and by 50 percent by 2025, and the award demonstrates Pennsylvania’s commitment to expanding access to high-quality programs designed to support children’s healthy development and build a strong foundation for future learning.
This article reports on the offering and uptake of telemedicine services by large employer health plans. It includes data on access to telehealth for rural and urban large employer health plan enrollees. Read more here.
This report highlights the various measures of the rural and agricultural economy. It includes rates of rural versus urban poverty and unemployment, as well as rates of food security in principal cities, suburban, and rural areas. Read more here.
Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the appointment of the Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS). Jeff Colyer, a former Kansas Governor and surgeon by training, will be the fifth chair of the Committee. Read more here.
Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) can allow health organizations to share patient medical records and increase efficiency of practice, but rural hospitals are less likely to participate. This article describes how HIEs could be useful to rural communities during natural disasters and discusses the importance of investing in rural areas so they can expand electronic health record utilization. Read more here.
This article highlights the Rural Veterans TeleRehabilitation Initiative (RVTRI) program which gives rural veterans living with traumatic brain injuries access to rehabilitation treatments through art, music, dance, and creative writing. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also launched The Creative Forces: National Endowment of the Arts Military Arts Healing Network which expanded the therapy program across the country. Read more here.
This article covers an address given by the senior advisor of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) at a meeting of the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Rural Action Caucus at their Legislative Conference. It discusses the ONDCP’s efforts to address drug addiction and treatment services in rural America. Read more here.