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Housing Affordability, Adequacy, and Access to the Internet in Homes of Medicaid Enrollees
Examines the housing adequacy, affordability, and internet access among Medicaid enrollees in 2019. Describes the impact of housing conditions on health, with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses policy options for Medicaid programs to address housing challenges. Presents data by Medicaid enrollee demographic characteristics, including race/ethnicity, age, sex, and metro/non-metro status.
Author(s): Bradley Corallo
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Some Digital Divides Persist Between Rural, Urban, and Suburban America
Highlights differences in broadband access and digital technology adoption, such as smart phone, tablet, or computer, between rural, urban and suburban residents of the U.S.
Author(s): Emily Vogels
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Research Center
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Telehealth Visit Use Among U.S. Adults
Slide deck presenting survey data on telehealth use, breaking down results by rural/non-rural location, age, insurance coverage, and ethnicity. Addresses telehealth visit purposes, patient satisfaction, and barriers to telehealth access.
Author(s): Jazmyne Sutton
Date: 08/2021
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organizations: Bipartisan Policy Center, SSRS
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The Association of Broadband Internet Access and Telemedicine Utilization in Rural Western Tennessee: An Observational Study
Results of a study to determine whether broadband internet availability was associated with telemedicine adoption among a rural patient population in western Tennessee. Features statistics including race, sex, insurance type, broadband access, and location with breakdowns by nonrural, partially rural, or rural areas.
Author(s): Jacob K. Quinton, Michael K. Ong, Sitaram Vangala, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 21, 765
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Factors Associated With Use of and Satisfaction With Telehealth by Adults in Rural Virginia During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Examines the use of and satisfaction with telehealth services since March 2020 among 253 survey participants from rural Virginia, and explores the association between demographic and health characteristics, health literacy, internet access, and the odds of using telehealth. Features statistics with breakdowns including race or ethnicity, sex, rural or urban location, insurance status, and broadband access.
Author(s): Maria D. Thomson, Abigail C. Mariani, April R. Williams, Arnethea L. Sutton, Vanessa B. Sheppard
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(8)
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Broadband Task Force: High-Speed Internet is Essential for All Counties
Offers policy recommendations and best practices related to broadband infrastructure, including expansion into rural areas. Discusses broadband technology, community partnerships, and policy considerations. Presents case studies of county-level initiatives and a list of broadband solutions by county in the appendix.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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COVID-19 Policy Flexibilities Affecting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: What to Keep, Modify, or Discard?
Report exploring policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering recommendations to support telehealth, mental healthcare, and access to care for children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN), including rural populations. Identifies policy flexibilities and the policy mechanisms and legislation that allowed for those flexibilities.
Author(s): Sharon Silow-Carroll, Helen DuPlessis, Elaine Henry, Samantha Di Paolo
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Health Management Associates, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
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Rural Coronavirus Response with CDBG-CV
Provides information on funding opportunities through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the CARES Act to support rural housing, food, broadband, and economic development. Discusses examples of programs using CDBG funds to respond to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and offers links to useful resources.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Broadband Resources for Regional Development Organizations
Provides examples of broadband feasibility plans for several states, links to conference presentations, case studies, and reports, and federal resources for broadband expansion.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Counties Testify on Challenges and Opportunities Rural Counties Will Face in a Post-COVID Economy
Video recording of testimony from rural healthcare and economic organization leadership to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Topics include rural economic concerns following COVID-19, county-level responses to COVID-19, rural hospitals and workforce issues, broadband access, and federal programs serving rural communities and healthcare.
Additional links: Testimony Transcripts
Date: 06/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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