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.
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.
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
January 13, 2015
A funding opportunity is available for rural health clinics through the Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Disease Control. The funding opportunity is around implementation of high blood pressure prompts for improving health outcomes for high blood pressure. The bid is available at http://archive.oa.mo.gov/bids/b3z15128.htm. Bids are due by 2:00 p.m. on February 10, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Kemna, OA Buyer at Leslie.Kemna@oa.mo.gov. Thank you.
January 12, 2015
CALL FOR GRANT PROPOSALS
Funding up to $20,000 is available for two types of projects:
Community Outreach/Education Grants
The goal of the Community Outreach and Education Grant Program is to enhance capacity to deliver evidence-based agricultural health programs. Community projects are typically submitted by staff employed by non-profit community entities delivering agricultural safety and health programs. Community projects will be judged for feasibility and potential impact.
Academic/Scholarly Research Grants
The goal of the scholarly research grant program is to create new agricultural safety and health knowledge and to assess and promote best safety and health practices. Scholarly research projects are typically submitted by students, staff, and faculty of academic institutions. Basic and applied research projects will be judged for scientific merit.
Application deadline is April 1, 2015
More information at www.gpcah.org/pilot-grants/
January 9, 2015
Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
The Affordable Care Act (ACA)
1. NOTE UPDATED INFORMATION: The automatic HPSA designation attestation form lists an incorrect fax number for submission. The correct number is provided below. In addition, HRSA requests that RHCs submitting the attestation form also fax a copy of their sliding fee schedule to expedite processing.
For the 2016 Marketplace insurance plan year, CMS has released a draft list of Essential Community Providers (ECPs). For the first time, the list includes many Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). ECPs are providers who care for predominantly low-income, medically underserved individuals. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers (called Qualified Health Plan issuers) must include a minimum number of ECPs within their provider networks for plans sold on the insurance Marketplaces. Insurers can use the list to select ECPs to include in their provider networks. The draft list of ECPs and a description of the list are available here. Scroll down to the section titled “Other QHP Application Resources.”
January 6, 2015
Dear USDA Friends and Partners:
Office of Advocacy & Outreach (OAO) recently released its USDA 1890 National Scholars Program. The National Scholars Program is a major effort of the USDA and nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions (HBCUs) to award scholarships to students to attend one of the nineteen 1890 Institutions in any field of study in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines.