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Rural Health
News by Topic: Access

Jun 2, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission announces the approval on an information collection associated with the rule for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction and adds the effective date of June 2, 2020 to the rule which was originally published in the Federal Register on March 10, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 1, 2020 - Jackman Community Health Center in rural Maine implemented a new model that recruits paramedics to work under remote direction of its doctors so they can continue to offer on-call overnight care during the coronavirus pandemic. Describes how the program could recruit more primary care providers to the area and be replicated in other rural communities.
Source: Bangor Daily News
Jun 1, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau issued a temporary waiver to allow Lifeline carriers to provide services to low-income consumers in rural Tribal areas even if they have not submitted documentation to complete their application. The waiver will allow consumers to access affordable broadband service necessary for telehealth, online learning, telework, and communicating with loved ones during the pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 1, 2020 - Discusses research that shows suicide rates in America have been rising for the past two years and are expected to continue to rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts and researchers explain how a lack of access to mental healthcare in rural areas and a combination of economic failure, unemployment, social isolation, and uncertainty could result in additional deaths of despair.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 29, 2020 - Announcement of a funding opportunity for the Capital Magnet Fund, sponsored by the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to provide financial assistance grants to CDFIs and other qualified nonprofit organizations that develop and manage affordable housing for low-income families. Applications are due in by June 26, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 29, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau granted an emergency Special Temporary Authority request to allow the Makah Tribe to access unassigned spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band. This ensures the tribe has access to broadband service over its reservation to aid in emergency COVID-19 response efforts.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
May 28, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau approved an additional 53 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program to benefit 185 healthcare providers in rural and urban areas. The $18.22 million in funding will provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
May 28, 2020 - Features the vice president of patient care services for Air Evac Lifeteam, a company that offers emergency medical care to the rural Midwest and South via helicopter. Describes her background in rural healthcare and her passion to help rural communities access timely care.
Source: University of Missouri - St. Louis
May 28, 2020 - The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement released the 2020 Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices as part of their National Rural Oral Health Initiative. The initiative highlights best practices, models, research, and policies that can be built upon to improve dental healthcare in rural communities.
Source: National Rural Health Association
May 28, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking public comment to inform the development of an implementation plan for the National Strategy to Secure 5G. Comments are due by June 18, 2020.
Source: Federal Register