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Rural Health Funding Opportunity

March 4, 2016

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BPHC Primary Health Care Digest – March 4, 2016

March 4, 2016

Outreach and Enrollment

  • New Special Enrollment Confirmation Process – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced another step that will “help enhance program integrity and contribute to a stable rate environment and affordability for consumers: a Special Enrollment Confirmation Process in the 38 states using the HealthCare.gov platform.”  For consumers who qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) due to change in health coverage status or other “qualifying life changing” events, documentation to verify eligibility to use an SEP is now required.

    Read more about the SEP Process.

  • Annual Survey of Health Insurance Marketplace Assister Programs and Brokers – The 2015 Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Health Insurance Marketplace Assister Programs and Brokers provided an overview of how assisters and brokers helped consumers enroll in health insurance coverage through in-person assistance. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently provided information to all Assister Programs and Brokers to participate in the 2016 annual survey.

    To participate in the 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation Survey, contact Karen Pollitz at KarenP@kff.org or at 202-654-1307.

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Rural Health Learning Collaborative Recording and Funding Opportunity Information

March 3, 2016

The group additionally would like to provide you with information on a current funding opportunity that may be of interested:

The Center for Sharing Public Health Services (“Center”) has just launched a new mini-grant program that builds on its work to date. The Center will select up to five public health agencies, or their designated agents, that wish to explore, plan, implement or improve some aspects of a cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangement. Eligible CJS arrangements must include a minimum of three jurisdictions of any size, or, two jurisdictions if the combined population is 50,000 or greater.

Applications in this first round will be considered on a rolling basis, starting on February 15 and until June 10, 2016, or until all five grants are awarded, whichever comes first. The amount of each award will be up to $10,000 for a project period of up to six months. Selected teams are expected to work with Center staff, who will provide technical assistance during the implementation of the projects, and to be available to share the results and lessons learned from their projects with appropriate audiences. Priority for funding will be given to proposals that address specific areas of learning described in the Call for Proposals (CFP). Funding for this initiative is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) will be the Center’s administrative partner for this effort.

We thank you again for your continued support of the Rural Health Learning Collaborative.

Now Open: 2016 NHSC Scholarship Program

March 1, 2016

NHSC Scholarship Program

APPLY NOW

Accepting applications through April 28, 7:30 p.m. ET

2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 433 KB) has the detailed information you need to apply. Please read carefully before you start your Scholarship Program application.

You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:

  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Dentists
  • Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Physician Assistants

The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

February 17, 2016

What’s New

Update: Funding Opportunity for Accountable Health Communities Model – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided clarification on its funding opportunity for the AHC Model, a program that aims to lower health care costs by linking health-related social needs to clinical care.  Rural providers should be aware that applications will be considered even if an organization is unable to screen 75,000 beneficiaries per year, as required for participation. According to a Q&A recently issued by CMS,  “applicants are encouraged to create partnerships with clinical delivery sites and other organizations to reach this target number. Specifically, within the AHC model, applicants are permitted to organize model participants, including community service providers and clinical service delivery sites. We encourage applications from rural, urban, suburban and other types of geographically spread areas to submit applications.” The Accountable Health Communities Model is currently accepting applications through March 31, 2016. For questions and further information, email accountablehealthcommunities@cms.hhs.gov.

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Delta Grant

February 11, 2016

Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program

Route 66 Grants

January 26, 2016

Route 66 Grants

The National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is dedicated to preserving the diverse history of U.S. Highway 66. The program provides financial assistance in the form of competitive, cost-share grants for building, structures, road segments, and cultural landscapes along the length of the Route 66 corridor. Cost-share grants are also available for planning, research, and education initiatives. Applications due April 1.