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Rural Veterans and Access to Healthcare – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Oct 30, 2020 - Notice of an interim final rule from the Department of Defense temporarily modifying the TRICARE regulation by adding coverage for National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)-sponsored clinical trials for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19. This interim final rule is effective October 30, 2020. Comments are due by November 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 26, 2020 - Highlights a nonprofit foundation that is helping underserved, Native American veterans in rural Apache County, Arizona transition back to civilian life. The programming includes a seven-day schedule of orientation, bonding, introduction, guest speakers, resume workshops and classes on relationship-building and maintenance, as well as a two-day process of self-examination.
Source: National Association of Counties
Sep 29, 2020 - The Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a virtual public meeting on October 5-7, 2020. Agenda items include updates from VA leadership, the Director of the Office of Rural Health, and Committee Chairman, as well as presentations on general rural healthcare access.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 3, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule and comment request from the Department of Defense to waive certain requirements for skilled nursing facility (SNF) care, acute care hospitals, and long-term care hospitals related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, the rule adds coverage for treatment use of investigational drugs under expanded access authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when for the treatment of COVID-19, and revises diagnosis related group (DRG) reimbursement. This interim rule is effective on September 3, 2020 through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 10/29/2020