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  • 11/30/05: RCAP is pleased to announce the publication of its latest monograph, "The Special Sixth Issue on HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention in Rural Communities," The Health Education Monograph, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2005.
    -- View Details (PDF10KB)

  • 11/16/05: Congress is Gutting Rural Health Funding -- Call Immediately to Urge a "NO" Vote on HHS Bill -- The final version of the FY06 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations bill (HR3010) guts funding for rural health. NRHA opposes this bill and we urge you to immediately contact Congress and make it clear: A VOTE FOR THIS BILL IS A VOTE AGAINST RURAL AMERICA!
    -- Take Action! Visit NRHA Action Alert

  • Fall 2005: Rural Residents More Dependent on Food Stamps: An analysis by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.
    -- View Policy Brief (PDF/193KB)

  • 8/8/05: NRHA Rural Health Career Center: The National Rural Health Association is proud to announce the debut of a new feature-rich Rural Health Career Center. Jobs on this site will be fully searchable by location, job title or industry segment.
    -- Visit Rural Health Career Center

  • 8/3/05: SAMHSA Awards Grants to CT, MA, and VT: Three New England states are among the 16 states awarded a total of $19 million in grants over three years to provide substance abuse treatment for youth and their families from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
    -- View Details (PDF/21KB)

  • 7/5/05: New Rural Physician Tax Credit Bill Applauded by the National Rural Health Association: The NRHA announced the endorsement and support for legislation unveiled today by Congressman Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.), offering tax credits to encourage physicians to practice in rural America.
    -- View Press Release

  • 7/5/05: New Hampshire Moves Back Toward Community Rating for Premiums: New Hampshire's governor signed Senate Bill 125, enacted to remove provisions of earlier legislation (S.B.110) which had abandoned the concept of "Community Rating" in the regulations governing small group insurance premiums.
    -- View Details (PDF/10KB) -- View Policy Statement (PDF/21KB)

  • 6/21/05: AMA announces physician shortage: Today the American Medical Association (AMA) recognized that there is now a shortage of physicians, at least in some regions and specialties, and that evidence exists for additional shortages in the future.
    -- View Press Release

  • 5/24/05: Rural Ambulance Bill Introduced in Congress -- Supports Recommendations of the Institute of Medicine: The "Rural Access to Emergency Services Act of 2005" (RAES Act) was introduced in the US Senate and US House this week. The bill contains a number of provisions to maintain and improve EMS in rural areas.
    -- View Bill Summary (PDF/13KB)

  • 3/21/05: NRHA Launches National Quality Initiative (PDF/50KB): Today, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) launched a five year effort, "Quality Through Collaboration: The NRHA Quality Initiative", to promote access to coordinated, high quality care in every rural community.
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  • 3/13/05: Tide of Child Obesity Rising in Rural U.S.: Health officials say the tide of obesity is rising faster in rural communities than anywhere else. An Associated Press article published in Newsday.
    -- View Details (PDF/17KB)

  • 2/23/05: Impacts of the Medicare Modernization Act On Rural Health Systems and Beneficiaries: An analysis by the Rural Policy Research Institute's (RUPRI) Rural Health Panel of the MMA and accompanying regulations.
    -- View Details (PDF/213KB)

  • 1/3/05: Moving to a New "Rural" Address: Forrest Calico, who recently retired from an advisory role at HHS' Office of Rural Health Policy, will now be working part-time in the Washington of the National Rural Health Association.
    -- View Details (PDF/10KB)

  • 12/15/04: FCC Changes the Definition of "Rural": On December 15, 2004, the Federal Communications Commission released a final order that changed the definition of "Rural," a change that could make additional rural areas eligible to apply for and receive access to the Internet and current communications technology through universal service support.
    -- View Details (PDF/13KB)

  • 12/04: Hospital Choice of Rural Medicare Beneficiaries: Rural hospitals are in a constant struggle to remain financially viable in a market environment characterized by declining patient volume and revenue. If rural hospitals cannot offer specialized services and advanced technologies, rural residents may be referred to urban hospitals.
    -- View Details (PDF/11KB)

  • 11/04: 15th Annual Report About Nation's Health: Once again New Hampshire and Vermont hold the number two and number three spots, respectively, as the nation's healthiest states, as revealed in the recently issued report "America's Health: State Health Rankings."
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