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News stories from the past 60 days.

USDA Partners to Improve Electric Infrastructure for More Than 347,000 Rural Americans Across 13 States
Sep 19, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $398.5 million through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program to improve rural electric service in 13 states. This includes investments in smart grid technology to increase system efficiencies.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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RUS: Announcement of Disaster Assistance Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels Federal Register
Sep 12, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service announcement of supplemental funding available through the Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) grant to be used toward repairs of drinking water systems and sewer and solid waste disposal systems in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS Awards Nearly $60 million to Support Community Health Centers Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
Sep 6, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly $60 million to 161 community health centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This funding, administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Capital Assistance for Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts (CARE) program, will help provide continued access to primary healthcare services in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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A Conversation with Michael Fischer
Aug 28, 2018 - Radio interview with Michael Fischer, M.D. MPH & TM, Antibiotic Stewardship Expert for the Health Care Safety Group of the Infectious Disease Control Unit at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Discussion includes his work with antibiotic stewardship at the DSHS and how to build an antibiotic stewardship program, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Rural Texans With HIV Or AIDS Face Stigma, And Limited Care Options
Aug 23, 2018 - Discusses the barriers faced by rural Texans who test positive for HIV or AIDS. In addition to facing stigma in their communities, they may lack access to doctors trained in treating HIV/AIDS, forcing them to travel long distances for care.
Source: KUT 90.5
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Demographic Shifts And Inadequate Cost Reimbursements Spell Trouble For Rural Hospitals
Aug 21, 2018 - Discusses rural hospital closures in Texas, which is the state with the most closures in the country. Texas has had at least 18 hospitals that serve rural people close since 2013. Also discusses causes for these closures, like Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, lack of insurance or insurance with deductibles too high for patients to pay, and more.
Source: Texas Standard
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Last Updated: 9/24/2018