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More than $118 million in COVID relief headed to Oregon rural health providers

| Dec 2, 2021 | Oregon

Over 400 rural health providers are set to receive  more than $118 million in funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) following a joint announcement by Sen. Ron Wyden (D) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D).      The ARPA funding is part of a $7.5 billion allotment from the...[ Read More ]

Report highlights health care inequities between Black and white Floridians

| Nov 22, 2021 | Florida

Black Floridians on average have poorer health outcomes, worse access to health care, and lower quality of care compared to the state’s white population, according to a report from The Commonwealth Fund.    Poor health outcomes One metric that stands out is hospital readmission rates.  According to The Commonwealth Fund,...[ Read More ]

Over the hump? Florida sees higher vaccination numbers and lower case counts

| Nov 19, 2021 | Florida

Data from the Florida Department of Health (Florida Health) shows both higher vaccination numbers over the past few weeks and lower case counts.      Week-to-week case counts have been on a downward trend since the start of October.  According to Florida Health, the state saw 21,844 new cases from...[ Read More ]

Florida health care bills to keep an eye on in the 2022 legislative session

| Nov 18, 2021 | Florida

Florida legislators are continuing to file bills with just under two months until the start of the 2022 legislative session on Jan. 11. Here’s a look at some of the bills legislators filed this month.  SB 726 - Telehealth: SB726, sponsored by Sen. Loranne Ausley (D - Quincy), would prevent...[ Read More ]

Oregon health official outlines expectations for universal health care during Senate interim committee meeting

| Nov 17, 2021 | Oregon

Dr. Bruce Goldberg, chair of the Task Force on Universal Health Care and a professor at the Portland State University School of Public Health, outlined priorities for the Task Force during an Oregon Senate Interim Committee meeting on Nov. 16.      The Task Force, which was created after the...[ Read More ]

Covered or not? A look into Alaska’s upcoming Medicaid redetermination

| Nov 16, 2021 | Alaska

The reassessment window for recipients under Alaska’s Medicaid program is coming up once the extended federal public health emergency (PHE) concludes. Following the end of the PHE, which could come as early as Jan. 16 if it isn’t extended again, state Medicaid agencies will have 12 months to reassess enrollees’...[ Read More ]

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