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News stories from the past 60 days.

2 Kansas Hospitals Join Experiment Aimed At Bolstering Rural Health Care
Nov 22, 2017 - Two rural Kansas hospitals have joined a demonstration project being conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which begin in 2004 and has since been extended twice. Under this program, hospitals are reimbursed at cost for their in-patient services. This boost in revenue can help counteract low patient volumes and other rural-specific challenges.
Source: KCUR
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USDA Helps Rural Communities Thrive With Health, Safety Outreach
Nov 13, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced that it would be supporting health education projects for individuals and families in rural areas through the Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grant Program. These grants were awarded to extension agents and land-grant universities in nine states with a focus on prevention and reduction of opioid abuse and chronic disease prevention and management.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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USDA Invests in Broadband Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Rural Areas
Nov 6, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $200 million to expand broadband infrastructure to unserved and underserved rural communities. These awards, financed through the USDA's Telecommunications Program, will fund projects in West Virginia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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Federal Officials Approve One-Year Extension Of KanCare Program
Oct 16, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved a temporary extension to allow Kansas to continue its privately-managed KanCare Medicaid program. This extension was initially denied due to insufficient oversight of the program, but CMS' approval requires Kansas to follow a corrective plan that was approved in May.
Source: KCUR
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Last Updated: 11/24/2017