Rural Health Policy
How do we ensure access to affordable, quality health care for our rural citizens? How do we select Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement approaches that help rural health care facilities keep their doors open? How can we attract health care 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 and concerned citizens.
These groups work to identify potential improvements to the provision and availability of health care services in rural communities through the implementation of health policy that addresses the specific needs and concerns facing rural areas.
Last Reviewed: 12/2/2013