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Resources by Topic: Economics and the economy

Impact of Inflation on Rural Household Expenses, 2021-2022
Report offering estimates of differences in how inflation between 2021-2022 has impacted rural and urban households based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Examines changes in income and expenses, noting concerns about the increased cost of travel for rural people to access healthcare, the ability to pay for unexpected healthcare costs, and the risk of homelessness due to housing shortages and costs.
Author(s): David J. Peters
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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Advancing Health Equity in Rural America
Report examining rural health equity, covering rural economic and demographic data, disparities by rurality, race/ethnicity, and class, and examples of initiatives that aim to increase health equity in rural communities. Offers recommendations for increasing health equity through economic and policy actions.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Paula Braveman, Julia Acker, Elaine Arkin, Katrina Badger, Nicole Holm
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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2022 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
Report detailing the current state of the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Funds. Discusses Medicare expenditures as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and makes short and long-range sustainability projections based on variable economic, demographic, and healthcare trends. Also explains the actuarial methods used to calculate the estimates. Includes information on Medicare amendments since the 2021 report, including some that impact rural providers and beneficiaries.
Additional links: Tables and figures
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Board of Trustees, Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
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Advancing Equity Through the American Rescue Plan
Report outlining the implementation of the American Rescue Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and impacts on equity. Covers financial security for families, communities, and business; housing support; investments in education; and efforts to address health disparities. Describes rural efforts throughout.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The White House
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Medicaid in Montana - 2022 Annual Report
Report details the effect Medicaid has on healthcare, economy, and state budget of Montana. Explores the role of Medicaid expansion plays in improving access and features a special section on Medicaid in rural Montana.
Additional links: Data Book
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation
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Rural Rising: Economic Development Strategies for America's Heartland
Discusses various economic development strategies and categorizes rural communities in 5 archetypes based on proximity to urban areas, tourism, and economic drivers. Offers examples of economic development in different types of rural communities and highlights elements of thriving rural communities, including workforce, access to broadband and healthcare, and community partnerships.
Author(s): Mike Kerlin, Neil O'Farrell, Rachel Riley, Rachel Schaff
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: McKinsey and Company
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Rural Quality of Life: Opportunities and Challenges for the Rural Care Economy
Recording of a March 22, 2022, hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on challenges and opportunities for the care economy in rural communities. Features testimony from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Rural Development, the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, and Southeast Health Group, a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) in rural La Junta, Colorado.
Additional links: Carrie Henning-Smith, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center - Testimony, Joseph Carrica, Southeast Health Group - Testimony
Date: 03/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
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Rural Adults Report Worse Employment and Economic Impacts from COVID-19 than Urban Adults
Brief examining rural and urban differences in the impacts of COVID-19 on physical and mental health, financial well-being, employment, and social relationships among adults age 18-64. Analyzes data from the 2021 National Wellbeing Survey of 4,014 adults.
Author(s): Shannon M. Monnat
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Population Research Network
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SNAP Spending Contributed to Rural Economic Output and Jobs Following the Great Recession
Chart comparing rural and urban economic impacts of the USDA's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) during the period of high unemployment from 2009-2014. Uses USDA Economic Research Service data, USDA Food and Nutrition Service data, and 2014 U.S. base level data from IMPLAN Group, LLC.
Date: 02/2022
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Contributed to Rural Economic Output, Jobs Following the Great Recession
Reports on the economic impacts of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in rural areas from 2009-2014 based on data from the USDA and U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis. Discusses job creation, household spending, and food-sector investments.
Author(s): Cristina Miller, Katherine Ralston, Stephen Vogel
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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