A new report from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Affordable Insurance Exchanges and Enrollment: Meeting Rural Needs, reviews the function and implications of key characteristics of health insurance exchanges that will affect access to affordable insurance plans in rural America. It discusses implications to the rural population in regards to the influence states exercise over the insurance market and governance, the role of consumer navigators in helping consumers choose among qualified health plans, provisions for reasonable healthcare access standards, the use of multiple Exchanges in a single state or across multiple states, and developing Small Business Health Options Programs and certification of qualified health plans to meet minimum federal standards. (inventory code ORHP00555).
This month’s program in focus is the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) promotes better health care service in rural America. Established in August 1987, the Office was subsequently authorized by Congress in December 1987 and located in HRSA. Congress charged the Office with informing and advising the Department of Health and Human Services on matters affecting rural hospitals and health care, coordinating activities within the department that relate to rural health care, and maintaining a national information clearinghouse. Visit http://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/ to learn more.
View and order publications related to rural health policy at http://www.ask.hrsa.gov/results_materials.cfm?type=kword&searchterm=807.