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Paiute Tribe Elders Navigate a Faltering Health Care System
Nov 23, 2017 - Details the difficulties in accessing healthcare faced by elders on the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Reservation on the Nevada-Oregon border. Because of the remoteness of the location, tribal members are often faced with long drives to access services. But with 46% of the residents living in poverty, this challenge can seem insurmountable, especially as they age and have greater need for services.
Source: High Country News
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A Conversation with Dale Gibbs and Tom Klobucar
Nov 7, 2017 - Radio interview with Dale Gibbs, the Chairman of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee and a member of the National Rural Health Association Rural Health Congress and Rural Veterans Task Force, and Tom Klobucar, Acting Director of the Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health. Discussion focuses on rural veterans' health in honor of Veterans Day, including barriers to access like provider shortages and transportation concerns, telehealth, and the Veterans Choice program, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of Decision To Lift the Temporary Moratorium on Enrollment of Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers in Texas Federal Register
Nov 3, 2017 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the lifting of a temporary enrollment moratorium on non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers in Texas. This notice also applies to non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Texas. Suspension of the temporary moratorium took effect September 1, 2017, as part of an overall effort to improve Hurricane Harvey disaster response efforts.
Source: Federal Register
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Rural Health Report Will Inform Strategies, Improve Health in 5 Counties
Nov 3, 2017 - Highlights the findings of a report released by the Maryland Health Care Commission, the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis at NORC. The report, Health Matters: Navigating an Enhanced Rural Health Model for Maryland, is a year-long assessment of the unique challenges facing the health system serving five counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Major concerns include long travel times, a compromised transportation system, and a lack of healthcare providers.
Source: NORC at the University of Chicago
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On Back Roads Of Appalachia’s Coal Country, Mental Health Services Are As Rare As Jobs
Oct 17, 2017 - Highlights the difficulty of accessing mental healthcare in rural West Virginia. Residents are faced with barriers like few providers, long wait times, distance, and limited access to vehicles. With the local economy struggling, common mental health ailments like anxiety and depression can be exacerbated. This is particularly concerning because the region has high suicide rates and because lack of mental healthcare can contribute to other health issues.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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