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HHS Aims to Increase Health Care Access in Rural Communities

August 21, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the recipients of more than $35 million aimed at increasing access to high-quality health care in rural communities. Through the Health Resources and Services Administration, these awards went to more than 50 organizations across 33 states including Pennsylvania.

This action aligns with President Trump’s recent Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access indicating the administration’s focus on health care in rural America. HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan noted that these awards “are part of our overall effort to improve rural access to care in sustainable and innovative ways.”

The programs that will be funded by these award cross various health care topics including:

  • Nearly $11.8 million for programs related to telemedicine/telemonitoring
  • More than $8 million for the Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Program
  • Nearly $5 million to support the Rural Health Research Center Program
  • $10 million to support the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program
  • More than $680,000 for the Rural HIV/AIDS Planning Program

In Pennsylvania, St. Luke’s will be participating in the RRPD Program and Geisinger Clinic and Allegheny-Singer Research Institute were awarded funding related to the Telehealth Network Grant Program.

For additional information, contact Kate Slatt, HAP’s vice president, innovative payment and care delivery.