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Resources by Topic: Access

Telehealth and Licensure Policies Improving Healthcare Access for Rural Communities
Discusses expanding licensure across state lines so providers can provide telehealth services to a wider service area. Provides information on Medicaid and Medicare telehealth policies as well as state-level legislation focused on cross-state licensing.
Author(s): Ashley Cram
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Ohio 2023 Early Childhood Dashboard
Provides an overview of early childhood health outcomes and overall wellness in Ohio. Covers issues such as birth outcomes, young child health, maternal health, school readiness, healthcare access and quality, economic stability, food insecurity, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), housing, and more. Includes family profiles and data with comparisons of Ohio's metrics versus the U.S. at large, as well as select data broken down by county, race/ethnicity, and rural versus urban.
Author(s): Carrie Almasi, Hailey Akah, Lexi Chirakos, Brian O'Rourke
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Groundwork Ohio, Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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What Happens When COVID-19 Emergency Declarations End? Implications for Coverage, Costs, and Access
Identifies federal health-related COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) declarations, the flexibilities each provides, and implications for ending them. Topics covered include COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccination; telehealth; Medicaid coverage and federal match rates; Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance flexibilities; and more.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Rural Disability Research and Practice Summit
Recordings and presentation slides from the January 2023 Rural Disability Research and Practice Summit. Covers rural issues related to personal assistance services and digital access. Includes perspectives from rural consumers, workers, and service providers.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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The State of Healthcare in North Carolina: 2022 Impact Report
Examines contributions to the people and economy of North Carolina by the 130 members of the North Carolina Heathcare Association. Describes key issues facing North Carolina health systems, including access and innovation, workforce development and retention, health equity, and behavioral health. Mentions rural throughout.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Healthcare Association
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A Disaggregated View of Market Concentration in the Food Retail Industry
Examines changes in food retailing market concentration at the national, state, Metropolitan Statistical Area, and county levels in the United States from 1990-2019, using data from the National Establishment Time Series dataset. Features statistics with breakdowns by metro, large nonmetro, small nonmetro, and rural areas.
Author(s): Eliana Zeballos, Xiao Dong, Ergys Islamaj
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Variations in Affordability of Health Care by Non-Metropolitan/Metropolitan and Race/Ethnicity Status across Eight Geographically Dispersed States
Examines affordability of healthcare in terms of healthcare coverage, forgone healthcare due to cost, forgone medications due to cost, and needing to pay back healthcare bills over time. Analyzes data from respondents aged 18-64 participating in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, with information broken down by race/ethnicity and metropolitan versus non-metropolitan.
Author(s): Whitney E. Zahnd, Radhika Ranganathan, Elizabeth L. Crouch, et al.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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HRSA: Agency Overview
Provides a breakdown of the services provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to rural and underserved communities. Highlights HRSA's support for efforts combating COVID-19, increasing access to healthcare services, and growing the healthcare workforce across the country.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Problems Paying Medical Bills: United States, 2021
Reports data on families facing problems paying medical bills by selected sociodemographic and geographic characteristics. Table 2 includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Robin A. Cohen, Amy E. Cha,
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Engaging Rural Communities to Incorporate Social Determinants in Developing Strategies to Improve Access to Health Care in the Missouri Bootheel Counties
Presents a study on how social determinants of health affect healthcare access in several rural counties in Missouri. Discusses the perceived barriers to care in the rural "Bootheel" counties, such as economic issues, lack of health insurance coverage, and lack of coordinated care, among others.
Author(s): Ashish Shrestha, Katherine Stamatakis, Janice Ballard
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 23, 7678
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
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