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Feb 14, 2024 - Notice of final rule from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to modernize the implementing regulations of the Older Americans Act of 1965. The changes advance the policy goals of the Older Americans Act as articulated by Congress, including equity in service delivery, accountability for funds expended, and clarity of administration for ACL and its grantees. This rule is effective on March 15, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 13, 2024 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) providing application requirements for funding reserved under the Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) priority program. USDA is implementing SECD in fiscal year 2024 through reserving funds from the covered program and is giving priority to projects assisting rural communities recover economically; ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to USDA-Rural Development programs and benefits from Rural Development funded projects; and reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities. This notice is being issued prior to passage of a final appropriations act for fiscal year 2024 and includes estimated funding amounts.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 12, 2024 - A proposed bipartisan bill would help rural veterans access healthcare at VA facilities. The bill expands the definition of rural to give more counties eligibility for the VA's Highly Rural Transportation Grant Program.
Source: Office of Senator Susan Collins
Feb 7, 2024 - Profiles one of New Mexico's rural and tribal health councils which works to address health issues in their communities. Programs include home modification, exercise classes for older adults, overdose prevention resources, and more. Discusses the importance of understanding a community's culture and local barriers to care for resource and service providers. Describes sustainability and funding challenges.
Source: New Mexico Political Report
Jan 29, 2024 - Highlights a program in rural Illinois assisting local leaders, business owners, hospital administrators, and more prepare for an influx in funding for broadband expansion. Describes the challenges rural counties often have in accessing federal funds. Discusses telehealth and agriculture as two areas expected to be positively impacted by faster internet service.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 26, 2024 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces the availability of funds for suicide prevention grants under the Staff Sergeant Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program (SSG Fox SPGP). The purpose of the SSG Fox SPGP is to reduce veteran suicide by expanding suicide prevention programs for veterans through grants to entities that will provide or coordinate the provision of suicide prevention services to eligible individuals and their families. This is a 1-year award with the option to renew for an additional year, pending availability of funds and grantee performance. Applications are due by April 26, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 22, 2024 - Highlights the high suicide rates for Native American communities. Discusses challenges with accessing mental healthcare, the need for culturally relevant services, and challenges in accessing funding for research and programs.
Source: WSILTV, KFF Health News
Jan 19, 2024 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) describing the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program application process, deadlines, and award selection criteria for fiscal year 2023. The AFG program awards grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and state fire training academies to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and fire-related hazards. The application period opens on January 29, 2024. Applications are due by March 8, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 18, 2024 - Commentary offering analysis of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a program addressing affordable high-speed internet for rural and other high-cost areas. Discusses possible reasons for lower uptake in rural versus urban households.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 18, 2024 - Announcement of a new model from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to test approaches for the behavioral, physical, and social health needs of Medicaid and Medicare recipients, particularly those with mental health or substance use disorders. Interprofessional care teams will offer integrated services for physical and behavioral health. Notes the challenges for accessing behavioral health groups for rural and other underserved patients. The model launches in Fall 2024 in up to 8 states. Funding information will be available in Spring 2024.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services