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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 12, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

  1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of funding, totaling $60 million, to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014-2015. Navigators provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (more…)

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 5, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

1. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) will hold a webinar on June 9th at 2 PM EDT for 340B stakeholders. As a result of the ACA’s 340B expansion, many rural hospitals are now eligible for this program and can take advantage of reduced pricing for outpatient drugs.  The objectives of the webinar are to update hospitals on the registration process and outline the upcoming changes to the registration database.  Please see webinar details below:



June 3, 2014

The Missouri Health Information Technology Center is sponsoring a “Missouri Marketplace” seminar to discuss the application process for eligible hospitals, rural health clinics and health providers seeking low-cost loans and grants for health information technology available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The center has partnered with the Missouri State Office of the USDA, MHA, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Office of Primary Care and Rural Health and the Delta Regional Authority to present this program.


ORHP Award Announcement: Rural Health Network Planning Program

May 19, 2014

The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of 14 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning) awards in FY 2014.  The purpose of the Network Planning program is to support the planning and development of rural integrated healthcare networks.


Women Veterans Health Care – Girls’ Night Out

May 12, 2014

As you know, women Veterans live in every community in our country, with many of them returning home to rural areas after their military service. Many are unaware of the resources available to them through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: benefits they have earned through their service to our Nation and what is available within the community.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 10, 2014

Rural Research Highlights

  1. Widening Rural–Urban Disparities in Life Expectancy, U.S., 1969–2009
    This study by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau examines the trends in life expectancy disparities between rural and urban areas in the United States between 1969 and 2009. The article finds that the disparity has increased since 1990, because life expectancy has grown more rapidly in urban than in rural areas. The disparity in life expectancy of urban over rural areas stood at 2.4 years during 2005-2009. Furthermore, the study’s findings indicate that mortality from cardiovascular diseases, injuries, lung cancer, and COPD is much higher in rural than in urban areas.
  2. Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of HealthThis special report explores the intersecting goals of increased workforce diversity, fair and equal access to quality health care and health care resources, elimination of health disparities, and achieving health equity. In August 2012, HRSA hosted a summit titled, “Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health.” This resulting special supplement includes 11 articles authored by 3D Summit speakers who are content experts in the fields of nursing workforce diversity, health disparities, and the social determinants of health. 

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National Public Health Week April 7-13

April 1, 2014

Celebrate National Public Health Week, April 7-13.  Missouri’s theme is “Public Health Start Here, Better Health.  Better Missouri”.

Investing in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference.  During this week, help raise awareness of the critical role that public health and prevention play in keeping individuals and communities healthy.  A toolkit for promoting National Public Health Week can be found at: