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Aug 22, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized more than $4.9 billion to support rural broadband. The funding subsidizes small, rural carriers in return for them improving and expanding broadband access to their service areas, including a number of tribal locations.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Aug 22, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized funding to support higher broadband speeds and access to more than 44,000 households and businesses on Tribal lands. The funding provides subsidies to rural carriers in return for them improving access to higher speed broadband. Lists Tribal lands by state that will receive support and the number of locations impacted.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Aug 21, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposing establishing a Rural Digital Opportunity Fund committing $20.4 billion over the next 10 years to support high-speed broadband in rural areas of the U.S. The proposal would build on the success of the Connect America Fund Phase II auction. The FCC seeks feedback on the best approach for establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund; comments are due September 20, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 21, 2019 - Highlights two federal bills that could help address the physician shortage by increasing graduate medical education (GME) residency slots, including one co-sponsored by Arkansas Senator John Boozman and one specific to the opioid crisis. Senator Boozman spoke recently on the bill at a Graduate Medical Education Summit hosted by the University of Arkansas Medical School. Arkansas has two new medical schools, so increasing the GME slots could help the state retain its medical students after graduation and address its physician shortage, particularly in rural areas of the state.
Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Aug 21, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $52 million in community facilities projects benefiting rural communities in 16 states. Examples of the 45 projects funded include a hospital renovation in Colorado and equipment for a health center in Tennessee to help them combat opioid misuse.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Aug 20, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $107 million in quality improvement awards to rural and urban health centers across the nation today. Health centers will use the funding to improve the quality, value, and efficiency of the care they provide.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Aug 20, 2019 - Notice from the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) adding an additional 30 days for comments on revisions to forms related to the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA's) Section 242 Mortgage Insurance Program for Hospitals. 35 forms are being renewed without operational changes, 2 are being added, 1 is being removed, and 3 have proposed changes. Comments are now due September 19, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 20, 2019 - Guest column by Anne Hazlett, senior rural affairs advisor in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, about addressing drug addiction in the rural U.S. Includes examples of partnerships with local leaders and faith communities and federal funding to help prevent and address substance abuse.
Source: Knox News
Aug 19, 2019 - Notice from the Rural Housing Service (RHS) delaying the effective date for a final rule amending the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) regulations published July 22, 2019. The rule will now be effective October 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 16, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a new funding opportunity for The Rural Health Network Development Program, which will support up to 46 applicants representing a network of at least 3 rural entities. Previous networks funded under this program have addressed chronic disease management, care coordination, telehealth, behavioral health, and other issues impacting rural communities.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration