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Urban hospitals fret over treatment in healthcare reform.

Urban hospitals are worried over provisions in healthcare reform that may shift dollars away from high cost areas of the USA to more efficient, less costly areas, the NY Times reports today. It seems that these urban centers may be exposed to the kind of treatment that rural providers have faced for decades. While NRHA has its reservations about a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on regional variations in Medicare spending, it is important to note that generally, rural....

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Rural Health Reform - NRHA October Update.

It’s an unusually warm October in D.C., which may or may not be a product of the heated behind-closed-doors health reform debate in the House and Senate. (sorry, I couldn’t resist that one) With all five Congressional Committees finished marking up their individual health reform bills, the House and Senate must now each agree on a single melded version to bring to their respective floor. The NRHA worked diligently up to this point to ensure each Committee, all with varying....

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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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