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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

February 18, 2015

Hot off the Presses

1. As we head into the final stretch of this Marketplace Open Enrollment period, the staff of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy wants to thank you for all the work you have been doing to enroll rural Americans. As of January 16, over 1.3 million rural Americans have enrolled in 2015 Marketplace plans, 18 percent of those individuals enrolling in coverage in the 37 states using the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.  Please continue to encourage your patients and community to visit gov or contact the Marketplace call center to learn about their options and the financial help that is available. If you need ideas for ways to reach individuals and families in your community, our office has compiled a guide of Best Practices in Rural Outreach and Enrollment based on feedback from grantees during the last Outreach and Enrollment period. Again, February 15th is the final deadline to enroll before Open Enrollment ends. This is an opportunity for all of us to help as many rural Americans as possible secure affordable, quality health insurance and access health care services.  From all of us here in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, thank you for your contribution to improving the health of individuals and families across the country.

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ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Network Allied Health Training Program

February 4, 2015

In response to the White House Job-Driven Training initiative, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Network Allied Health Training Program (Allied Health Training), a new one-time funding opportunity.

The Allied Health Training Program supports the President’s Rural Health Care Initiative by focusing on rural recruitment and retention activities and builds upon the accomplishments of the Rural Health Workforce Development (RHWD) pilot program, which ended in 2013.  As a result of the RHWD Program, approximately 4,000 program participants completed their rural training/rotation, and of these, almost half said they plan on returning to practice in a rural area and a number of them have.  Moreover, there was a significant economic impact of $19 million within rural America from FORHP’s $12 million investment via the RHWD Program.

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ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling

February 4, 2015

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program (Benefits Counseling), a new one-time funding opportunity.

FORHP is committed to increasing health insurance coverage for all of rural Americans and is providing funding for this new community-based pilot program. The Benefits Counseling Program is targeted to improve outreach and service delivery in local and regional rural communities. The purpose of the three-year program is to expand health insurance outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured and newly insured individuals and families in rural communities. FORHP plans to award up to 10 new awards for $75,000 per year.

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ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Network Allied Health Training Program

January 30, 2015

In response to the White House Job-Driven Training initiative, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Network Allied Health Training Program (Allied Health Training), a new one-time funding opportunity.

The Allied Health Training Program supports the President’s Rural Health Care Initiative by focusing on rural recruitment and retention activities and builds upon the accomplishments of the Rural Health Workforce Development (RHWD) pilot program, which ended in 2013.  As a result of the RHWD Program, approximately 4,000 program participants completed their rural training/rotation, and of these, almost half said they plan on returning to practice in a rural area and a number of them have.  Moreover, there was a significant economic impact of $19 million within rural America from FORHP’s $12 million investment via the RHWD Program.

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ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling

January 30, 2015

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program (Benefits Counseling), a new one-time funding opportunity.

FORHP is committed to increasing health insurance coverage for all of rural Americans and is providing funding for this new community-based pilot program. The Benefits Counseling Program is targeted to improve outreach and service delivery in local and regional rural communities. The purpose of the three-year program is to expand health insurance outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured and newly insured individuals and families in rural communities. FORHP plans to award up to 10 new awards for $75,000 per year.

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2015 NHSC Loan Repayment Program

January 21, 2015

The 2015 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on March 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM EST.

This Program provides loan repayment assistance to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who serve in communities with limited access to health care. There are both full-time and half-time service options.

The 2015 application cycle is expected to be competitive. On average, it can take up to three weeks to complete an application so applicants are encouraged to apply early. This year the process may improve for applicants, now that some loan information can be automatically populated by the National Student Loan Data System.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

January 20, 2015

Hot Off the Presses

1. The 26th Annual Rural Health Policy Institute will take place February 3rd-5th, 2015 in Washington, DC. This event marks the largest rural health policy gathering in the country and includes updates from Federal partners, Administration officials and other rural health policy stakeholders. Dr. Mary Wakefield, HRSA Administrator, will present an update from HRSA on Tuesday, February 3rd. On Thursday, February 5th, Doug O’Brien, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development in the US Department of Agriculture, will give an update on the work of the White House Rural Council. Following his presentation will be two important panels on recent rural health research topics. The first presentation, featuring Gopal Singh of the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau and two ORHP grantees, Alana Knudson of the National Opinion Research Center and the University of North Dakota Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center and Jan Probst of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, will focus on new data that highlight current trends in rural health disparities. The second presentation, focusing on rural hospital closures, will feature Sarah Young and Sarah Bryce from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and Mark Holmes and George Pink from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. To view the latest agenda, registration information and preconference details, please visit: http://www.ruralhealthweb.org/pi

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