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News stories from the past 60 days.

In Rural Pennsylvania, Poverty Creates Barriers to Healthy Food Access and Federal Assistance
Mar 13, 2018 - Highlights barriers related to food security in a rural Pennsylvania county, including poverty and transportation issues. In this county, 16% of residents and 27% of children are food insecure. There are also many elderly residents on fixed incomes who rely on the food bank featured here.
Source: PublicSource
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USDA to Host Roundtables on Rural Opioid Misuse
Mar 7, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will be hosting monthly roundtables from March through July on the opioid epidemic in rural areas. These regional roundtables will bring together rural partners in Pennsylvania, Utah, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Maine, respectively, to address challenges and strategies for prevention, treatment, and recovery as well as how these measures can be replicated.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Grant to Fund Assessment of Oral Health in Rural Children
Feb 20, 2018 - The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) received a $50,000 grant to improve pediatric oral health in rural areas of the state. This project, "Oral Health Status of Low-income Children in Pennsylvania: A Rural/Urban Comparison," will document the scope of school dental screening programs, identify school districts with school-based dental sealant programs, track dental referral patterns and outcomes, and look at the dental workforce and Medicaid claims data.
Source: PENN State News
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CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of the Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Designated Geographic Locations Federal Register
Jan 30, 2018 - In order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the statewide moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B non-emergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers of Medicare home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The extension takes effect January 29, 2018, and also applies to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in those states.
Source: Federal Register
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Last Updated: 3/13/2018