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Research Alert: Rural Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces

July 17, 2015

Rural Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces

This brief provides analysis of Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment outcomes for 2015 at the rating area and county levels. Enrollment rates are reported by number of firms participating and for multiple geographic categories: population density, Census region, and metropolitan status of the county. Rural rates are similar to urban rates in many places, but areas of concern exist and may benefit from additional outreach in the future.

Contact Information:

Keith J. Mueller, PhD
RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Phone: 319.384.3832

Additional Resources of Interest:

ADA Foundation Semi-annual Grants for Access to Care – Application Deadline July 31

July 14, 2015

ADA Foundation Semi-annual Grants for Access to Care: Application Deadline July 31
Apply by July 31 for the American Dental Association Foundation’s Semi-annual Grants program with a focus on access to oral health care. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations whose work aligns with the ADA Foundation’s mission to improve the oral health of the public through access to care. Visit ADA Foundation’s website to download the grant guidelines and application. Please contact Cathy Haibach at the ADA Foundation, 312.440.2547 or if you have questions.

The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is accepting applications for its 2016 Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Grants

July 13, 2015

The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is accepting applications for its 2016 Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children grants.

HSHC is committed to supporting community-based initiatives providing dental homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care through its grants targeting children up to age 18.

HSHC grants are one-year matching grants of up to $20,000 supporting community-based initiatives in the U.S. that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a dental home to underserved/limited access children. Special consideration will be given to programs supporting the Age-One dental visit and providing care to special needs patients.

HSHC funds may be applied to cover costs of dental care, clinic supplies and instruments, salary, education and/or outreach to recruit dentist participation in program activities or other activity with clear, direct impact on child oral care and a direct link to the dental home.

Grants must be expended within 12 months of the award.

Applications are due Aug. 3. For more information and to apply, visit Healthy Smiles Healthy Children or contact Tracey Schilligo, grant and corporate relations manager at 1-312-337-2169 or via e-mail at

Since 2010, HSHC has awarded more than $3 million in grants to 70 organizations in 26 states that have helped more than 290,000 children in need. HSHC anticipates awarding over $1 million in 2016.


July 10, 2015

Are you aware that more and more hospitals are going through a community health needs assessment process, even though it is not a requirement?

How does your local hospital benefit from a community health needs assessment?

How do you provide a community health needs assessment process at a low cost to the community?

How important is it to your community to maintain and sustain primary care health services locally?

Do you know that a community health needs assessment will increase the local community’s awareness of the importance of sustaining local health care services?

Would you like to see the benefit of having better communication, coordination, and collaboration amongst the health care providers, local businesses, industries and organizations, and local residents?

Through a training session on RURAL HEALTH TOOLS/TEMPLATES, participants will be able to answer these questions.

The National Center for Rural Health Works (RHW) will provide a session on community health needs assessment process (CHNA) and how CHNA will benefit the local community; i.e., local residents, local health care providers, local economy, local businesses/industries. Sessions will also be presented on economic impact analysis to support local hospital and health services and on health feasibility/specific health service needs assessments. Ann Peton, Director of the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD), will demonstrate how to use mapping and spatial data analysis to further support the outcomes of RHW.


ASTDD, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Council of State and Territorial Dental Directors Joint Webcast

July 8, 2015

ASTDD, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists are pleased to announce a joint webcast focusing on oral health among older adults. It will be held on July 15, from 2:00-3:00 Eastern. Presenters will include:

  • Kimberlie Yineman, RDH, BA, ASTDD President
  • Kathy Phipps, DrPH, ASTDD Data and Surveillance Coordinator
  • Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA, ASTHO President and Connecticut Health Department State Health Official
  • Linda J. Ferraro, RDH, BS, Connecticut Oral Health Director

Please pre-register for the webinar using this link:

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

July 8, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. View the RAC Online newsletter.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

July 6, 2015


1. The 2016 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule is on display for public inspection in the Federal Register.  One of the provisions includes an Emergency Department Transfer Communication quality improvement measure developed by Stratis Health.  The measure allows  for voluntary reporting by rural and Critical Access H The proposal also includes an update to the Two-Midnight rule, additional requirements for chronic care management billing, and a new payment code for Comprehensive Observation Services.  Official publication is scheduled for July 8th, but it’s now open for comment and will remain so until August 31st.