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News stories from the past 60 days.

USDA Highlights $40 Million in Infrastructure Investments in Rural Communities
Dec 14, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan Program invested $40 million in 31 infrastructure projects in rural communities in 21 states and Puerto Rico. Projects included surface transportation, aviation, ports, water and storm water resources, energy production and generation, and electricity transmission.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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North Carolina Seeks to Widen Medicaid Network by Paying Docs' Debt
Nov 27, 2017 - North Carolina has amended their pending Medicaid waiver request which would shift the program from fee-for-service to managed care by 2019. The amendment would allow the state to offer loan repayment to physicians who accept Medicaid patients, a move expected to improve access for Medicaid beneficiaries by increasing the number of physicians they can see. It would also require Medicaid enrollees to be employed or actively searching for work and would impose premiums of 2% of a beneficiary's income for those with incomes at or above 51% of the federal poverty level. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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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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Joining the Battle Against Opioid Addiction in Rural Communities
Oct 31, 2017 - Blog post from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Director Gopal Khanna discussing the agency's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, including expanding access to treatment through the work of five grantees in Colorado, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. Details the work being done by these grantees as well as tools and resources collected by the AHRQ to help with the implementation of medication-assisted treatment in primary care settings.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Blog
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Senior Suicides Spike, Especially for White Men
Oct 20, 2017 - Highlights the high rates of suicide for older white men in North Carolina, especially those over 85, and discusses some of the possible causes, including social isolation. Also explores a program built to reduce that isolation in one rural community and links to a depression management program for seniors.
Source: North Carolina Health News
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Last Updated: 12/15/2017