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Jan 17, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is offering telehealth for access to kidney care, noting that rural veterans in particular have trouble accessing specialty care.
Source: VA News
Jan 16, 2024 - Announcement of a new program to prioritize early detection and disease management for rural communities through technological innovation and mobile hospital-level care. The program aims to improve morbidity and mortality disparities between rural and urban areas.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 16, 2024 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requiring covered 988 service providers and cable, satellite, wireless, wireline, and interconnected voice over internet protocol (VoIP) providers to report outages that potentially affect the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline in the Commission's Network Outage Reporting System (NORS). Among other things, this rule also requires these entities to directly notify Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the 988 Lifeline administrator about outages that potentially affect a 988 special facility, and exercise special diligence to maintain accurate, up-to-date contact information for 988 special facilities. This rule is effective February 15, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 16, 2024 - Discusses the high rates of farmer suicide and depression and efforts to address it in Wisconsin. Notes that finances and stigma likely contribute to this disparity. Highlights the benefits of telehealth in reaching this population.
Source: PBS NewsHour
Jan 15, 2024 - Summarizes a recent survey of 150 North Carolina farmworkers to determine their information needs. 71.8% of surveyed farmworkers stated their highest priority was information regarding agriculture and environmental safety. Additional concern is lack of internet access which prohibits access to both news and health information as well as connections with their families in other countries.
Source: Enlace Latino NC
Jan 12, 2024 - The Census Bureau is seeking comment on the "Draft U.S. Census Bureau Plan for Providing Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research" in response to the August 2022 Memorandum from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). This plan applies to research funded by the Census Bureau, presented in peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations, and other scientific data defined in the memo. Comments are due by March 12, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 12, 2024 - Discusses the shortage of physicians in rural Minnesota and highlights the success of a Wisconsin medical school that is serving as a model for addressing the shortage in Minnesota. Highlights the challenges with accessing healthcare in rural areas, noting that the aging population impacts both the health of the population and the sustainability of the workforce. Discusses community engagement and residency availability.
Source: MinnPost
Jan 12, 2024 - A new bipartisan committee in the Virginia House of Representatives will look at healthcare access in rural Virginia and make at least 5 recommendations for improvement. Highlights rural disparities in health outcomes, lack of high-speed broadband, and more.
Source: Virginia Mercury
Jan 11, 2024 - Funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program, a program bringing affordable broadband internet to rural and underserved communities, ends in May 2024. Bipartisan legislation has been proposed to continue funding the program. In anticipation of not being funded, the Federal Communications Commission has released details for winding down the program. New enrollments will cease on February 7, 2024.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
FCC: Connect America Fund Federal Register
Jan 11, 2024 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission announcing that the Office of Management and Budget has approved an information collection related to the rules for the Enhanced Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A–CAM) contained in the FCC's Enhanced A–CAM Order. This rule serves to put into effect the A-CAM Order rule as published on August 17, 2023 and is effective January 11, 2024.
Source: Federal Register