Rural Health Equity Act on Voice Support of Rural Health Organizations
The bill would establish the “Office of Rural Health” within the office of the director of the CDC and address the unique needs and challenges of rural health care.
Today, on National Rural Health Day, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) joined the Rural Health Action Alliance (RHAA) in urging Congress to review the Rural Health Equity Act (HR 5848 and S. 3149).
The bill, which was introduced in the House and Senate on November 3, “would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish within the Office of the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the Office of rural health, and for other purposes. “
Essentially, the bill would establish the “Office of Rural Health” within the office of the director of the CDC and address the unique needs and challenges facing rural health care.
“NRHA is delighted to show our support for the Rural Health Equity Act, which offers a long-term solution to help address rural health disparities that have grown during the pandemic,” said NRHA CEO , Alan Morgan, in a statement. “As a founding member of the Rural Health Action Alliance, NRHA will continue to fight for rural health equity today and throughout the year.
The RHAA, which was established in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic by healthcare providers and facilities that care for Americans in rural areas, is committed to “advancing long-term solutions, in particular by promoting immunization, developing telehealth and ensuring that providers receive equitable resources ”. according to a press release.
The third Thursday of each November marks National Rural Health Day, a day to “celebrate the power of the rural world”. This year’s national holiday falls on November 18, the day on which President Joseph Biden Jr. signed a proclamation promising to improve health inequalities in rural communities.
Melanie Blackman is the chief strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.