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HHS to Give $32 Million for Rural Healthcare Access

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2010
  • More than $1 million for the Telehealth Resources Grant Program, to provide technical assistance for healthcare organizations and other providers, implement cost-effective telehealth programs.
  •  Nearly $1 million for the Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program, which will enable eligible entities to coordinate networks and linkages specifically geared for rural veterans and residents who need mental health and other healthcare services.  This money is for states "where veterans make up a high percentage of the total population."
  •  $770,000 for the Frontier Community Health Integration Demonstration Program to develop and test new models for delivering healthcare services for Medicare beneficiaries in extremely rural areas, called frontier, parts of the nation with six or fewer people per square mile.
  •  Nearly $500,000 to analyze the challenges and barriers facing Rural Training Track (RTT) residency program sites. RTT sites have had success in placing medical school graduates in rural locations for their residency, with 75% of their graduates remaining to practice in rural settings.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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