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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Mar 26, 2021 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that the March 31, 2021, meeting of the Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) has been canceled.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 26, 2021 - Summarizes results of a survey by the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) that found 55% of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are actively involved in administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients and over 90% are involved in educating patients about the vaccine. Describes that 43% of RHCs had vaccination plans disrupted by a lack of vaccine supply.
Source: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
Mar 25, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $5 million in Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG) funding under the American Rescue Plan to support the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will help to address the housing needs of low-income Native Hawaiian families impacted by COVID-19.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Mar 25, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $450 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) to Native tribes across the country to respond to COVID-19. Funding from the American Rescue Plan will help tribes carry out affordable housing activities to protect the safety and health of their communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Mar 25, 2021 - Analyzes employment data from May 2020 to January 2021, finding that the slowdown in the creation of new jobs that began last fall has continued into 2021. Discusses how rural counties have maintained higher employment rates than urban counties. Includes an interactive map detailing employment change in all U.S. counties in January 2021.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 24, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated data snapshot detailing the impact of COVID-19 on Medicare beneficiaries, particularly among underserved beneficiaries. Updates include additional data on COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates by race/ethnicity and in rural areas, and Medicare Fee-for-Service spending associated with COVID-19.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Mar 24, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between March 14-20, 2021, finding an increase in rural counties for the first time since January. Describes that the increase in infection rates could be due to data problems in some states. Includes additional findings and mentions that COVID-related deaths are on the decline in rural counties.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 24, 2021 - Summarizes a report that found nearly 40% of the nation's hospitals are expected to operate at a loss in 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Describes that financial prospects for rural hospitals are worse, with profit margins expected to decrease 38% this year.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
Mar 24, 2021 - The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) released a report that details the impact of COVID-19 on various stakeholders in Kentucky, such as healthcare providers, school leaders, community health workers and their clients, and community members. The report also explores barriers and strengths of broadband and telehealth and attitudes about COVID-19 vaccines.
Source: University of Kentucky News
Mar 23, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended access to the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) until August 15, 2021, allowing consumers to enroll or re-evaluate their coverage needs. Discusses how the American Rescue Plan decreases the cost of healthcare premiums through increased tax credits.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services