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Research Alert: Rural Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces, by State

November 3, 2015

Rural Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces, by State

In this brief, we provide comparisons between cumulative enrollment totals in Health Insurance Marketplaces in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas of each state and corresponding percentages of “potential market” participants enrolled, controlling for Medicaid expansion status. We show that in several states, non-metropolitan enrollment rates exceed metropolitan enrollment rates, a finding that is obscured in an aggregate comparison. This analysis provides some indication of how well outreach and enrollment efforts targeting rural populations are proceeding in the states.

Contact Information:

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

Additional Resources of Interest:

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

November 3, 2015


1. Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace started on November 1, 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016. Health coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2016 for consumers who sign up by December 15, 2015.  You don’t have to be a trained assister or Navigator to help spread the word.  Find key dates and action items providers and organizations can use when discussing the Marketplace and Open Enrollment in this Get Ready. Get Set. Get America Covered Toolkit.  Rural stakeholders can learn more and ask questions about outreach to consumers at the next FORHP ACA Office Hours on Thursday, November 12th at 2 pm ET.

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Learn How to Access the FREE National Healthcare Data Portal

November 3, 2015

Through a training session on the FREE NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DATA PORTAL, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

  •  Is there equitable disparity across all of the professions in rural vs. urban workforce distribution?  Or are there areas truly at more risks than others?
  • Where are the patients needing the greatest care?
  • How different are the socio-economic determinants in my area relative to surrounding states?
  • How will aging workforce impact access to care?
  • Are healthcare training opportunities available in rural?
  • How can healthcare leaders be more effective in targeting healthcare workforce distribution and training especially in light of implementing the Affordable Care Act?

This training session will be provided by Ann Peton, Director of the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NEAHD), at our next RHW workshop. Ann Peton will provide a session on how to use mapping and spatial data analysis to further support the outcomes of the National Center for Rural Health Works (RHW).  In addition to the training, Ms. Peton will provide a jump drive with step-by-step instructions on how to access, view, map and analyze healthcare data, demographic, political, health outcome, healthcare workforce trends (2008-2014) available through the free national healthcare data portal.

The National Center for Rural Health Works (RHW) is presenting the RHW workshop on Thursday, December 3, 2015, and the New England Rural Health RoundTable is hosting the workshop at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center at 14 Mechanic St., Southbridge, MA 01550; phone: 508-765-8000 or 844-600-2719. Detailed information is attached with a registration form.

The RHW workshop will also enable participants to measure the economic impact of the health sector or individual health entities on zip code service areas, counties, regions, states or at the national level. Additionally, participants will learn about RHW’s community health needs assessment toolkit (CHNA) and about specific community rural health needs assessments.

The training is designed for professionals from agencies that plan to be involved in providing assistance to communities in any of these three areas. Enrollment will be limited to 20-25 participants and will be “First Come, First Serve. Each participant receives a packet of selected materials and a CD with all materials.


National Rural Health Day: Spotlight on Quality

October 29, 2015

The Power of Rural 2015: Spotlight on Quality 

Did you know?: Top 100 critical access hospitals outperform their CAH peers in Quality by nearly 40 percentage points.

Today more rural hospitals are operating at the highest level of performance than ever before thanks to innovative tactics helping to deliver better care at lower cost.

Join iVantage and NOSORH as we celebrate the strength and value of rural hospitals on National Rural Health Day, November 19.

When it comes to Quality, who are the leaders in your state?

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Rural Monitor

October 29, 2015

In This Issue:
Rural Monitor: FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai; Rural Care Coordination guide, NACRHHS webinar, rural proofing, CAH financial modeling tool, more

The next Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum

October 28, 2015

CMS Open Door Forum

The next Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET).

Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time.

“This agenda is subject to change”

I.  Opening Remarks

Moderator – Janet Miller, Office of Communications

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

October 26, 2015


1. The 2016 Open Enrollment is just one week away! The 2016 Open Enrollment period will run from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Here are a couple of things you can do to help prepare :

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