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May 22, 2020 - The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy invites rural stakeholders to participate in a call to discuss federal efforts to increase access to substance use disorder treatment in rural areas during COVID-19. The call will take place on June 2, 2020.
Source: White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
May 22, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized requirements that will increase access to telehealth for seniors in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, expand MA options for beneficiaries in rural communities, expand supplemental benefits for those with chronic diseases, and expand access to MA for patients with End Stage Renal Disease. CMS is also finalizing proposals to enhance the MA and Part D Star Ratings system.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
May 21, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it is partnering with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to promote the use of the $50 million in CARES Act funding to help address the digital divide during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding was distributed to states and territories through State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) and through grants to libraries and museums.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
May 21, 2020 - Summarizes a survey that shows how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected nutrition programs in different geographic areas and population sizes. The survey found that rural areas had the lowest percentage of meal recipients who walked up to feeding sites or participated in drive-through feeding services, but the highest rates of meals delivered.
Source: The Rural Blog
May 20, 2020 - Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, announced that households in 13 new states will be able to purchase food online with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Secretary Perdue also announced more SNAP authorized retailers, under multiple store banners, will be accepting SNAP benefits online.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
May 19, 2020 - Rural domestic violence shelters in Texas have seen a decrease in clients and callers due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and shelters worry because they know it isn't a reflection of what is actually happening. Discusses how an inability to be discreet and limited personal contact with others makes it more difficult for victims to seek help, especially in rural areas.
Source: Texas Observer
May 19, 2020 - During the coronavirus pandemic, rural libraries continued to serve their communities by offering free Wi-Fi, providing laptops to patrons outside the closed buildings, and offering virtual storytimes online. As some counties reopen, libraries are taking measures to keep staff members and the public safe.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 18, 2020 - Describes initiatives implemented to expand telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and how imperative the changes have been to increasing access to care and keeping patients healthy. Discusses how telehealth will become a standard of care, but should never replace in-person visits.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
May 18, 2020 - Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai shared draft procedures for the $16 billion Phase I Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction, which aims to expand broadband service across unserved areas of rural America. The FCC will vote on the final procedures on June 9, 2020.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
May 18, 2020 - Summarizes a report that found 13 percent of rural roads are rated in poor condition and another 21 percent are rated mediocre. Analyzes how poor road conditions lead to higher than average fatality rates. Describes how rural residents have less direct access to the Interstate Highway system and how poor rural road conditions could impact the supply chain.
Source: The Daily Yonder