Rural Health Care

About Rural Health Care

California’s nearly five dozen rural hospitals — providing care to more than 2 million people — are both lifelines and economic pillars for the communities they serve. Many of these hospitals are on the financial brink, reducing services just to stay open, or they face the possibility of closure. These situations place the most vulnerable populations at risk as Californians will have to travel great distances to get the care they need.

HRSA Provides Funding to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued $424.7 million in funding to over 4,200 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) for COVID-19 testing and mitigation, providing $100,000 per RHC. Funds will be used to maintain and increase COVID-19 testing, expand access to testing for rural residents and broaden efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus in ways tailored to […]

President Biden’s Effort to Increase Vaccinations Includes Support for Rural Communities

President Biden’s announcement on May 4 of a new effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and have 160 million adults fully vaccinated by July 4 includes nearly $1 billion for rural communities. The initiative is designed to provide easier access to vaccinations and testing for those living in rural communities and bolster efforts to reach rural Americans in the response to the pandemic.   

CHA Joins Statewide Coalition Calling for $8 Billion in Broadband Funding to Help Close Digital Divide

CHA has joined a cross-sector coalition of education, health, local government, and economic policy organizations that is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to connect Californians with a one-time, $8 billion investment in high speed 100 Mbps broadband infrastructure and programs. The group issued a press release on Tuesday, reinforcing the need for this investment in broadband infrastructure and support services, which is critical to improving health, equity, education, and the economy statewide now and for years to come.