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Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response News

News stories from the past 60 days.

USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for North Carolina Disaster Areas
Sep 25, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that North Carolina residents recovering from Hurricane Florence could be eligible for the USDA's Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) to meet their food needs as they recover from the disaster. Even residents who may not normally be eligible for the regular SNAP program may quality for D-SNAP.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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CMS Continues Efforts to Help with Hurricane Florence Emergency Response
Sep 14, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announces efforts being extended to Virginia to ensure that hospitals and other facilities can continue operations and provide access to care in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Includes instructions for providers submitting claims to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services provided to those impacted by the hurricane and special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access Medicare and health plans offered through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange, as well as instructions for patients seeking a dialysis facility.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Offers Broad Support for North Carolina and South Carolina with Hurricane Florence Preparation
Sep 13, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced efforts to ensure that hospitals and other facilities in North and South Carolina can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of Hurricane Florence by waiving certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements. CMS has also created special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access healthcare and taken steps to ensure dialysis patients obtain critical life-saving services.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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As Hurricane Florence Approaches, the Rural Carolinas Brace For Impact
Sep 12, 2018 - Details concerns about emergency preparedness and response in North and South Carolina in the lead up to Hurricane Florence. Because rural areas tend to be home to older, sicker, and poorer people, and because of more limited transportation and broadband access, rural residents may be more severely impacted by this kind of storm.
Source: City Lab
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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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Last Updated: 9/25/2018