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HRSA Funding Opportunity: RURAL HEALTH NETWORK DEVELOPMENT PLANNING GRANT

December 6, 2016

Purpose: The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, specifically for entities that do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts, in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole..

Project Period: June 1, 2017 – May31, 2018

Application Due Date: January 3, 2017

Eligibility: The applicant organization must be a rural nonprofit or rural public entity that represents a consortium/network of three or more health care providers. Federally-recognized tribal entities are eligible to apply as long as they are located in a rural area. The applicant organization must be located in a non-metropolitan county or in a rural census tract of a metropolitan county, and all services must be provided in a non-metropolitan county or rural census tract.

Network Composition: The networks must be composed of at least three separately owned health care providers that may be nonprofit or for-profit entities. The applicant organization along with each network member who will be receiving any of the grant funds must have separate and different Employer Identification Numbers (EIN). Networks may include a wide range of community partners providing health care including social service agencies, faith-based organizations, mental health agencies, charitable organizations, educational institutions, employers, local government agencies or other entities with an interest in a community’s health care system.

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

December 1, 2016

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USDA Rural Development Partners with Lenders to Provide Homes in Missouri

December 1, 2016

COLUMBIA, MO, November 30, 2016 –USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director Janie Dunning today acknowledged the importance of lender partnerships to the success of the Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan Program. In Fiscal Year 2016, 4,927 Missouri families purchased homes through the program, resulting in an investment of $573,979,543 in rural communities throughout the state.

“Partnerships with local lenders are essential to our ability to help Missourians achieve their homeownership dreams,” said Dunning. “These lenders have made a valuable contribution to the development of rural areas. Without their willingness to participate in the GRH Program, many people may have not been able to purchase a home. We appreciate the many lenders utilizing our Guaranteed Loans across all programs”

USDA Rural Development partners with local lenders to extend 100% financing opportunities to rural individuals and families. The federal government agrees to “guarantee” the loan, therefore reducing lender risk when making mortgage loans. The end result is more buyers achieving the dream of homeownership with affordable and attractive terms with assistance from Rural Development.

Over 70 lenders participate in the Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan Program in Missouri. These lenders work closely with applicants in rural communities to purchase homes to shelter their families. To celebrate the hard work of our lender partners, we recognize those lenders closing over 100 loans during the fiscal year. Lenders reaching this milestone during the fiscal year include:

These lenders closed 1,638 loans in Missouri with total loan amounts exceeding $192 million, making up 33% of total guaranteed loans for the year. Their efforts, along with all our partner lenders, are recognized for helping foster rural homeownership in the state.

Further information on rural programs is available by visiting the USDA Missouri Rural Development web site at http://www.rd.usda.gov/mo or by contacting your local Rural Development office.

President Obama’s historic investments in rural America have made our rural communities stronger. Under his leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $214 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

November 30, 2016

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Comparing the Community Benefit Spending of CAHs to Other Rural & Urban Hospitals

November 30, 2016

The ACA increased focus on the safety net role of tax-exempt hospitals, specifically on their charity care and other community benefit policies and activities, by amending portions of the IRS tax code which clarified and expanded hospital charity care obligations and community benefit reporting requirements.

In a previous paper, we reported on the charity care, uncompensated care, and bad debt activities of CAHs. Our latest policy brief expands on that work by examining variations in the types and levels of hospital charity care, other community benefit spending, and community-building activities across Critical Access (CAH), other rural, and urban hospitals.
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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

November 30, 2016

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Rural Health Information Hub

November 30, 2016

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