Although rural America has overwhelmingly voted for its adversary, President Biden is taking action to help rural communities with COVID 19.
President Biden announces steps to support rural communities
According to a White House fact sheet made available to PoliticusUSA:
Today, the Biden administration is taking action to improve the health of rural communities by allocating millions of dollars in US rescue plan funds to meet immediate COVID-19 needs. This funding, which will also help rural hospitals stay open long term and improve care for rural communities, builds on government efforts to help rural communities cope with the COVID-19 crisis and improve access to health care . And these actions are just the beginning. President Biden's Build Back Better Agenda – also known as the Reconciliation Package – will make critical investments in the health of rural Americans by lowering prescription drugs and other health care costs, expanding access to health care, and improving maternal health , and bipartisan infrastructure legislation will improve drinking water quality in rural communities.
Supporting health care providers in rural areas to help cover costs associated with COVID-19 and keep their doors open. The U.S. Department of Health (HHS) estimates $ 8.5 billion in increased spending related to COVID-19 in the coming weeks. These funds will help providers respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic and put them on a stable financial footing to continue serving their communities in the future.
Expand rural hospitals and providers' access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and care while helping rural health care providers remain financially solvent over the long term. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is using $ 500 million from the American Rescue Plan to create the Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program. The program will also allow at least 350 million applicants to apply for recovery funds to make up for lost revenue or staff costs due to COVID-19. In addition, the program will provide up to $ 125 million in grants to design and implement models that will help improve the long-term viability of rural health care providers, including health networks that enable rural service providers to work together Addressing community challenges and developing innovative solutions.
Train new rural health providers, including community health workers and respiratory therapists, and expand telemedicine. HHS will allocate $ 52 million from the American Rescue Plan to train a range of health workers to fill in-demand jobs affected by the pandemic. In particular, HHS is building rural health networks by bringing together minority service institutions, community colleges, technical colleges, rural hospitals, rural health clinics, community health centers, nursing homes, and substance abuse providers. The networks will focus on overall training and support for health workers in rural communities; Expansion of the workforce to support electronic patient files as well as virtual and telemedical systems; Increase the capacity of emergency services, which have been reduced by pandemic-induced service cuts, through the development of community paramedical programs; and training of case management staff and respiratory therapists who will play a critical role in helping rural clinics better care for patients affected by long-term COVID health challenges. The application will be available in the coming weeks.
Expanding access to pulmonary rehabilitation services. HHS announces that it will support a demonstration project in FY 2022 to improve access to pulmonary rehabilitation services in critical access hospitals that serve rural communities with high rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and adults in rural areas are almost twice as likely as those in urban areas.
Expand veteran issues training programs for rural providers. The Rural Interprofessional Faculty Development Initiative (RIFDI), developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is an innovative two-year training program that aims to provide teaching and training skills to clinicians in rural areas and rural clinicians to take on faculty roles Prepare to Mentor Healthcare Professionals for Service in Rural America and to Develop Healthcare Workers in Rural Communities. By the end of this calendar year, VA will start a new joint initiative with HHS that will include non-VA community clinics in the program. This joint initiative will benefit up to 40 rural communities each year and enable rural clinicians to better educate the next generation of clinicians who will serve rural America.
Improved access to telemedicine. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that, as part of their ongoing Pathways to Prevention series, they will host a virtual public workshop October 12-14 to explore provider-to-provider ways to improve rural health through telemedicine communication determine.
Given the rapid expansion of telemedicine during the pandemic, this workshop will bring together key NIH partners, other federal agencies, researchers, and community stakeholders to assess existing evidence, identify gaps, and develop plans to advance telemedicine. In addition, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently proposed a new rule to expand access to telemedical mental health services for rural and vulnerable populations by allowing Medicare to pay for telemedicine psychological visits when they are offered by rural health clinics (RHCs) and federally qualified health centers (FQHC). This proposal would widen access to Medicare beneficiaries, especially those living in rural and other underserved areas.
Biden is a president to all Americans
The previous administration ignored the parts of America that did not support or voted for it. The Trump administration did not rule for everyone and deliberately punished those who did not support it.
President Biden rules for all Americans. His government sees people, not votes or political support. The concept of governance for all has returned to the United States in a big way.
Rural America needs help with the COVID crisis. Local leaders are frustrated with the low vaccination rates in many rural parts of the country. President Biden provides the support and resources for success, but it will be up to rural America to use them.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association