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Rural Health Policy

How do we ensure access to affordable, quality healthcare for our rural residents? How do we select Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement approaches that help rural healthcare facilities keep their doors open? How can we attract healthcare providers to rural communities? Rural health policy is the set of principles and plans of action our government uses to address these and other rural health issues.

Rural health policy takes place at the federal, state and local levels of government. Many people and organizations are involved in the formulation of rural health policy, including:

  • Lawmakers
  • Government agencies
  • Membership organizations
  • Rural health researchers
  • Rural providers
  • Rural patients
  • Concerned citizens

These groups work to identify potential improvements to the provision and availability of healthcare services in rural communities through the implementation of health policy that addresses the specific needs and concerns facing rural areas.

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Last Reviewed: 7/21/2014

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Funding for this project was supported by Grant Number U56RH05539 from the Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the funder.