NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.

NRHA Statement on White House Rural Task Force

The National Rural Health Association applauds President Donald Trump's Executive Order establishing a White House Rural Task Force. He will sign the order today.  "Since the day after the election, NRHA has strongly urged President Trump to make rural health care a priority in the Administration and to build upon the White House Rural Council established under President Obama," said Alan Morgan, NRHA CEO. "President Trump is taking the first important step in that...

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NRHA Applauds White House Rural Task Force

With decisive rural victories in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, rural America became a significant factor in the election of President Trump.  In a letter the day after the election, NRHA strongly urged the President-Elect to make rural health care a priority in his administration and to build upon the White House Rural Council established under President Obama.  Later today, in an executive order, President Trump will take the important first step in that direction...

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President Trump Signs Veterans’ Choice Program Extension

President Donald Trump signed legislation to extend the Veterans’ Choice Program, which was set to expire in August. This temporary extension will allow veterans to continue to access timely care in their own communities until the roughly $1 billion in remaining previously appropriated funding is expended.

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NRHA Applauds Introduction of Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) applauds Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for the bipartisan introduction of the Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act. This bill makes great strides in the recruitment of physicians to rural areas and the delivery of vital health care services in rural America.

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NRHA Applauds Introduction of Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) applauds Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Reps.Tom Reed (R-NY) and Peter Welch (D-VT) for introducing the Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017 (S. 872, H.R. 1955). This important bipartisan bill will improve access to care in rural areas by permanently addressing the Medicare Dependent Hospital and Low Volume Adjustment rural Medicare programs that expire October 1, 2017.

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House vote on AHCA expected soon; NRHA calls for Congress to vote NO on bill

This morning the U.S. House of Representatives’ decided to limit floor debate on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to four hours and to restrict amendments from being offered on the floor. The vote will be called after the debate is finished, which is expected around 4 p.m.The House is well into the floor debate on the bill, but there is still time before the vote to call your members of Congress now and tell them to vote NO on the AHCA.

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NRHA to Congress: Vote no on American Health Care Act

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday evening on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The National Rural Health Association urges members of Congress to vote no on AHCA. The health bill does nothing to improve the health care crisis in rural America, and will lead to poorer rural health outcomes, more uninsured and an increase in the rural hospital closure crisis.

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NRHA's Response to President Trump’s Budget

The National Rural Health Association is disappointed that President Trump’s budget calls for a nearly 18 percent, or $15.1 billion, cut to the Department of Health and Human Services.The cuts include funding to the National Institutes of Health, which would decrease by $5.8 billion, and to health professions and nurse training programs, which would decrease by $403 million.

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Five Reasons the Trump Administration Must “Go Big” on Rural Health

Rural health care should obviously be a focus for the new Administration. In his first address to Congress, President Trump called on Congress to work together “to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care.”The National Rural Health Association urges the Administration and Congress to make health care work in rural America.

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President to Congress: Work Together to Repeal and Replace Affordable Care Act

President Donald Trump pledged to move forward on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in his first address to Congress.He called on Democrats and Republicans to work together “to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care.”

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