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Added March 3, 2021

America at a Glance: 5310 & 5311 Transportation Funding in Rural Counties Counties
Examines how much funding is received by rural counties from the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (section 5310) and Formula Grants for Rural Areas (section 5311) programs. Discusses the type of agencies that receive section 5310 and 5311 funding in rural counties. Includes a map to highlight geographic differences in funding distribution.
Author(s): Andrew Myers, Ari Lissau
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, University of Montana Rural Institute: A Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
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Geographic Expansion of Medicaid Managed Care Organizations: Assessing Access to Primary Care in Nonmetropolitan Counties
Presents a study on primary care access for Medicaid beneficiaries in nonmetropolitan counties who were enrolled through managed care organizations (MCOs) from 2012 to 2018. Details the level of access to primary care in the nonmetropolitan counties of 15 states and compares the rates of access for beneficiaries enrolled through MCOs established before 2012 and after 2012. Discusses findings and makes recommendations for policy makers.
Author(s): Linda Li, Matthew Najarian, Abigail R. Barker, et al.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Rural-Urban Residence and Emergency Contraception Use, Access, and Counseling in the United States, 2006-2017
Study examining emergency contraception access, counseling, and use by rural and urban county of residence for women ages 15-44. Analyzes 2006-2017 data from the National Survey of Family Growth including participant characteristics, contraceptive methods, and emergency contraception counseling.
Author(s): Carly M. Milkowski, Erika C. Ziller, Katherine A. Ahrens
Citation: Contraception: X, 3, 100061
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
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Testimony of the National Indian Health Board - "Road to Recovery: Ramping Up COVID-19 Vaccines, Testing, and Medical Supply Chain"
Details the testimony of the National Indian Health Board to the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health on the needs of Indian Country regarding vaccines, tests, and medical supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Presents recommendations to the subcommittee on required funding and highlights the toll COVID-19 has taken on Native people across the country.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, National Indian Health Board
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Trends in the Utilization of Emergency Department Services, 2009-2018
Examines emergency department (ED) utilization. Explores ED visits resulting in hospital admission, visits ending in release, and visits associated with mental health or substance use disorder diagnoses. Presents information on the patient, hospital, and payer characteristics for each of these three categories, including metropolitan status. Describes federal efforts to discourage inappropriate ED use.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Use of Certified Health IT and Methods to Enable Interoperability by U.S. Non-Federal Acute Care Hospitals, 2019
Data brief examining hospital interoperability, including finding, sending, receiving, and integrating electronic health information (EHI) outside their health system, from 2017-2019. Examines rates of interoperability by hospital size, type, method of interoperability, and rural and suburban-urban status. Discusses barriers to EHI interoperability and steps forward.
Author(s): Christian Johnson, Yuriy Pylypchuk
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Added March 2, 2021

2021 State of the States: Amid the Pandemic, Governors Tackle Health, Social, and Economic Issues
Provides a chart identifying policy issues addressed by governors in each state in their inaugural or state speeches, including COVID-19, broadband, behavioral health, and the health care workforce. References to rural health policy appear throughout.
Additional links: Companion Blog Summary
Date: 03/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Addressing Higher Risk of Suicide Among Farmers in Rural America
Policy brief highlighting factors contributing to the higher risk of suicide among farmers, including financial pressures, social pressures, and access to care. Offers policy recommendations to promote and improve farmers' mental health.
Author(s): Rosalie Eisenreich, Carolyn Pollari
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Health, United States, 2019
Presents an annual overview of national trends in health statistics. Covers health status and determinants, healthcare utilization, access, and expenditures. Includes rural data - see the Trend Tables Data Finder and select "Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan" under Population Subgroups.
Additional links: Trend Tables Data Finder
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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HRSA Rural Health Community-Based Division (CBD) Funding: Success Stories and Meaningful Impact
Policy brief providing an overview of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy's (FORHP) Community-Based Division (CBD) grant programs and outcomes. Offers policy recommendations regarding future funding of the CBD grant program.
Author(s): Crystal Barter, Melinda A. Merrell, Bree Watzak
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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