I have been in rural health care for the last two decades.
For more than three decades I have lived in rural areas in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina, all of which have rural populations that are struggling to provide health care services for the growing number of Americans living in urban areas.
But the rural healthcare landscape is changing rapidly.
The rural healthcare community has seen rapid growth in the past decade, and rural communities are now the largest beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with more than half of all rural counties and counties in the United States receiving federal funds for Medicaid expansion in 2020.
While rural healthcare has been a long-term goal of mine, I am also committed to helping the rural community achieve health and quality care that is sustainable and that is equitable and responsive to the health needs of the communities that I serve.
In addition to the rural health system, the rural public health system provides services to underserved rural populations, as well as the rural communities with the highest rates of chronic and preventable conditions.
Rural healthcare is critical to the stability of communities and the sustainability of health systems.
As the Affordable Health Care Act moves forward, the Rural Health Service of Tennessee (RHS) will continue to work to expand access to care, promote rural healthcare, and support rural health systems through the Rural Care Health Program, which will include training, resources, and other resources to improve health care delivery and quality.
As a leader in rural healthcare and a member of the Rural Healthcare Alliance, I have committed to the support of this important effort.
We are taking the next steps to ensure that rural health is part of the future health care system, and we have a plan in place to implement the changes that are needed.
The Rural Health System As a member a Rural Healthcare Organization, we are a national leader in addressing rural healthcare needs.
As part of this effort, we will also continue to leverage our strengths in the delivery of health care in rural communities to create a robust, efficient, and responsive health system that is aligned with the needs of our nation’s rural communities.
Our goal is to make sure rural healthcare is available for all of our rural residents and provide a safe, secure, and affordable place to live, work, and play.
The goal of this plan is to ensure access to and high-quality healthcare services to rural populations in Tennessee and across the country, while also supporting rural health and health systems across the state.
The RHS is working closely with our state, local, and federal partners to develop the following plans to help ensure rural health coverage and access in the future: The Rural Care-HIV Prevention and Health Promotion Act of 2020, the Act will increase funding for the Rural Community Health Network (RCMHN) by $1.5 billion.
The Act is designed to improve access to rural health services for low-income rural residents in rural Tennessee and to address barriers to accessing rural healthcare.
This includes the expansion of the RCHN to include rural counties in Tennessee.
RCHNs will help ensure that residents of rural areas are able to receive access to the critical rural healthcare services that are essential to their well-being.
The Plan to Protect Rural Tennessee and the Rural Communities Act of 2019, which was signed into law in March 2019, will strengthen access to high-need rural health, such as dental and vision care, to reduce barriers to rural healthcare access.
The plan also includes a funding mechanism to help rural areas that are most vulnerable to the economic, social, and environmental impacts of development, as determined by the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, increase the funding for these services.
This will include funding to expand and modernize high-capacity dental and nursing facilities.
The federal funds will be used to support the construction of high-performing dental and non-Dental facility facilities, as part of a $2.6 billion fund to build dental and other dental services in rural counties.
Rural Health and Quality The Rural Healthcare Initiative will improve access and quality of rural health by strengthening the capacity of health providers to deliver high-level quality care to rural residents.
The funding and support will help build health systems that meet the needs and needs of rural communities, including: Increase the availability of high quality health care service to rural areas by expanding access to affordable health care through rural health plans.
The $4.6 million that was provided by the RHS will help expand health plans that meet needs of low- and moderate-income people in rural states.