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.

Rural Victory: Governmental Hospitals Eligible for Paycheck Protection Program

NRHA has received guidance from the United States Treasury and Small Business Administration (SBA) on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The newly released guidance has clarified that governmental owned facilities are eligible for PPP loans, if they meet the conditions below. Working with our rural champions in Congress and the Trump Administration, NRHA and NRHA members advocacy has led to this important clarification. GET YOUR APPLICATIONS IN NOW!

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HHS Releases Terms and Conditions of Provider Relief Funds

The Department of Health and Human Services has released the terms and conditions of the funds that are being awarded through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, or the “Provider Relief Fund”. This funding will be crucial to rural providers, who are slated to recieve a $10 billion carve-out of the funds, and NRHA has highlighted important details below to ensure that rural providers are not unaware of the conditions of these funds.

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NRHA Applauds Congress and the Administration for $10 Billion Rural Carve-Out

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a $10 billion carve-out within the $100 billion Provider Relief Fund for rural hospitals and health clinics. NRHA is grateful to rural health leaders within the Administration, such as HHS Secretary Alex Azar and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, and Congressional rural champions for recognizing the needs of rural health care.​

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HHS Awards $10 billion to Rural Health Care Providers

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that rural health clinics and hospitals would receive a $10 billion carve out of the Provider Relief Fund. This funding will offer critical, immediate assistance to rural hospitals, rural health clinics and other rural providers who have been struggling to keep their doors open. Additionally, HHS announced that this money will be distributed as early as next week. Here are important details...

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Bipartisan Policy Center Endorses Many NRHA Ideas and Priorities

Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center Rural Health Task Force released a new report that offers practical and politically viable solutions for fixing the current health care crisis in rural communities. The recommendations, largely called for by NRHA, aim to stabilize hundreds of rural hospitals that are at risk of closing and create pathways for transforming these facilities into models of care that best meet a community's needs. Many of...

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NRHA Requests Immediate Relief for Rural Providers

The COVID-19 pandemic has now spread to more than 1,000 rural communities. The loss of revenue over the last few weeks due to the inability to provide non-emergency care is destabilizing core health services in rural America. At the same time, hundreds of rural hospitals are already on the verge of closure, which will leave tens thousands of rural patients without access to local emergency health services. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, nearly half of all rural hospitals were operating at a...

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How to get a Small Business Loan under the Coronavirus Aid Bill

Helpful tips to getting a SBA loan under the Coronavirus Aid bill

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NRHA Breaks Down the Rural Impact of the Latest COVID-19 Stimulus Package

The Senate has passed the third in a series of bills in response to COVID-19. The House is expected to take action on the legislation later this week. In the language, there is $127 billion allocated to the HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response to provide  $100 billion in grants to hospitals and other Medicare and Medicaid suppliers to cover unreimbursed health care related expenses or lost revenue related to COVID-19. Additional funding includes $275 million to HRSA...

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Rural America Needs YOUR Advocacy NOW

NRHA is strongly advancing the following important amendment that has been introduced for inclusion in the third supplemental package. It will provide substantial relief to struggling rural providers and we need everyone’s help moving this moving this forward in the Senate. Please contact your Senator. Great teamwork from NRHA members, and let's get this done!  

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Rural providers: The most important small businesses in a pandemic

Is rural America ready for a pandemic? Per capita, rural Americas are older and sicker with higher percentages of the six leading chronic diseases, making them more vulnerable to COVID-19. At the same time, rural health care providers are struggling to keep their doors open. Nearly half of all rural hospitals operate at a financial loss, and the rural hospital closure crisis has created health care deserts throughout rural America.

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