HRSA eNews November 16, 2017

National Rural Health Day

National Rural Health Day

Today is National Rural Health Day.

This year marks 30 years for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, authorized by Congress in 1987 to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services, coordinate activities related to rural health within the Department, and maintain a national information clearinghouse. 

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View the new Rural Health Infographic (PDF - 678 KB).

Read the blog post, The Power of Rural: Celebrating National Rural Health Day, written by HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D.

HRSA's Office of Federal Assistance Management (OFAM) unveils improved FAQs for HRSA award recipients

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When must I update my System for Award Management (SAM) records? Who do I contact if I am locked out of the Electronic Handbooks (EHBs)? What is a Prior Approval Request, and why would I use it? 

The answers to these questions and many more are available via the improved Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for HRSA Award Recipients. The FAQs are designed specifically for HRSA award recipients, and are based on the most common questions our HRSA Grants Specialists and Program Officers receive daily.

Check out the new FAQs.

HHS infant & children hearing screening program reauthorized

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A new law has reauthorized HHS’ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program until 2022. Administered by HRSA, CDC, and the NIH, the program will continue a long-standing partnership to coordinate and advance a national effort to identify, diagnose, and refer for intervention newborns, infants, and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Before the program began in 1999, less than 10% of U.S. newborns were screened for hearing loss, but now, nearly all are. Research suggests that children who are deaf or hard of hearing who receive services early develop better language and communication skills than those who do not receive such interventions.

HRSA, through its Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program, will continue funding awards to states and territories, as well as programs that engage healthcare providers and offer family support, to help EHDI programs develop comprehensive and coordinated systems of care. 

Learn more about HHS’ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program.

What do the new Medicare cards mean for partners & employers?

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New Medicare cards with new numbers will be mailed to all people with Medicare beginning April 1, 2018. New Medicare card outreach to and education for people with Medicare will begin in January 2018, before we start mailing the new Medicare cards.

The new cards will have a new number unique to each person with Medicare instead of the Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers currently used, to help protect the identities of people with Medicare. The new Medicare number won’t change Medicare benefits. People with Medicare can start using their new Medicare cards right away.

Learn about resources you can use when you talk to people with Medicare about the new Medicare cards.

Date Last Reviewed:  December 2017

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