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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Sep 13, 2021 - Announces $20 million in funding to entities in Alabama, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington to address disparities in health equity and increase healthcare access in rural areas. Notes that the four recipients serve 300,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in rural and tribal communities.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Sep 3, 2021 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces the renewal of the National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee charter. The Committee advises the Commissioner of Food and Drugs on a range of issues related to mammography including determining whether there exists a shortage of mammography facilities in rural and health professional shortage areas and determining the effects of personnel on access to the services of such facilities in such areas. The charter is effective for a 2-year period until July 7, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 27, 2021 - Announces a $10.7 million award to support pediatric mental healthcare access through telehealth, expanding access from 21 states to 45 states and territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Republic of Palau, and two tribal communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 25, 2021 - Describes the challenges of accessing mental healthcare in rural areas, with a focus on Missouri and farmer mental health. Highlights barriers including provider shortages, insurance issues, stigma associated with therapy, broadband access, and transportation. Offers a map with state-level information on the percentage of mental health needs met, noting that Missouri has less than 6% of its mental health needs met with all 99 of its rural counties experiencing a shortage of mental health professionals.
Source: Flatland
Aug 3, 2021 - The Southwest Rural Health Research Center at Texas A&M University with funding support from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is conducting a survey as part of Rural Healthy People 2030 – a project designed to understand the most important health priorities for rural Americans. This once in a decade survey allows individuals who care about rural health to voice their opinions on important topics for the health of rural individuals in the United States.
Source: Southwest Rural Health Research Center

Last Updated: 9/13/2021