NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.

NRHA Celebrates National Rural Health Day 2023

As a member-driven organization comprised of thousands of diverse individuals and organizations across the country, NRHA knows firsthand the power of rural communities. In honor of National Rural Health Day on Nov. 16, we are excited to participate in a national conversation about what makes rural America so special and celebrate the strength, resilience, and innovation our members demonstrate every day.

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Debt Ceiling Deal Reached

On May 28, 2023, an agreement in principle was reached between the White House and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to suspend the US debt ceiling until 2025. In the United States, the debt ceiling is a legislative limit on the amount of national debt that can be incurred by the U.S. Treasury. The agreement includes:

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NRHA statement on President Biden’s FY 2024 Budget

The National Rural Health Association is pleased with the Biden Administration's fiscal year (FY) 2024 budget proposal to help build a strong rural health infrastructure across the country. NRHA applauds the administration for including critical investments to increase rural health care access, workforce recruitment, and address rural health disparities.

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National Rural Health Day proclamation

As we celebrate National Rural Health Day and reflect on the obstacles to providing health care in rural areas, the Rural Health Action Alliance urges Congress to continue investment in rural health infrastructure. As we look back on the challenges rural communities faced throughout the pandemic, RHAA urges Congress to create an Office of Rural Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as proposed in the Rural Health Equity Act (H.R. 5848 & S. 3149) introduced by Rep...

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Congress Passes Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Package: NRHA Statement

The National Rural Health Association applauds Congress for their bipartisan compromise to fund the government and the attention shown toward rural health care programs.  

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HHS Announces the Availability of $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Provider Funding

The Biden-Harris Administration announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is distributing $25.5 billion in additional provider relief funds, via the $17 billion Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 General Distribution and the $8.5 billion ARP Rural Distribution.

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Rural COVID-19 relief summary as of April 2021

Throughout the fall and winter, rural America was disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the height of the pandemic more than 94 percent of nonmetropolitan counties were considered ‘red-zone’ counties, those with a new COVID-19 infection rate of 100 or more per 100,000 residents per week. Unfortunately, while rural America was addressing the pandemic head-on, relief stalled. From July until December 2020, rural providers were facing a disproportionate share of...

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Representatives Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) introduce the Rural Behavioral Health Access Act

Today, Representatives Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) announced the introduction of their bipartisan bill: The Rural Behavioral Health Access Act. This legislation would ensure that Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) retain important flexibility to provide behavioral health services through telehealth after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NRHA Secures Big Wins for Rural Health in Latest COVID-19 Relief Package

Today, President Biden signed into law a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. Thanks to the advocacy of NRHA and its members, the package includes a number of provisions to protect and promote rural health.

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How will a virtual Rural Health Policy Institute work?

A raging pandemic, a new administration in Washington, the ongoing rural hospital closure crisis – the stakes are high for rural health in 2021. As individual rural health professionals and advocates, every day we work hard to ensure our community has access to essential care and resources – but our voices are louder together. Our next step as rural health stakeholders is NRHA’s virtual 32nd Rural Health Policy Institute Feb. 9-11. Here's how we'll make an impression...

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