Health Reform: The Rural Uninsured

Though the greatest barrier to a healthy rural America, as well as the NRHA’s main health reform policy priority, is access to coverage, it would be a mistake to overlook the disproportionate number of uninsured or under-insured rural Americans. Twenty-three percent of people living in the most remote rural areas are uninsured...

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August Town Halls -- Constructive, Not Obstructive Debate

[caption id="attachment_214" align="alignleft" width="208" caption="Congressman Barney Frank"][/caption] Faster than D.C.’s humidity, the health reform debate has heated up during this August Congressional recess. Most members are holding town halls in their home states, and as anyone tuned into cable news is aware, some are wishing they were back in D.C. But as Beth O’Connor, Chair of the NRHA Government Affairs Committee and Executive Director of the Virginia Rural Health Association...

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Get involved in NRHA’s policy making!

Each year the NRHA membership produces a Legislative and Regulatory Agenda that details the policy agenda of the association. As we prepare for 2009, we ask all members to take some time to read the 2009 Agenda and suggest any needed additions, changes or amendments. You can submit these changes via an online form.  Submissions are due September 3. The Rural Health Congress reviews the policy positions of the Association at its three meetings each year.  Anyone wishing to submit a policy...

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Images of the rural uninsured

The healthcare debate is heating up during the dog days of August as "town hall" meetings have turned into political theatre. It's poignant to look at the images from Wise County, VA and the Remote Area Medical (RAM) expedition that treated thousands of our fellow rural Americans with no health insurance. Listen to this sobering message that many are missing in the effort to reform America's healthcare system. As one who has gone to Honduras and Nicaragua on medical mission 8 times, these...

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