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Rural Health Policy

Understand Our Role in Rural Health Policy

Section 1102(b) of the Social Security Act charges our office with advising the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on how federal health care policies affect rural communities.

What do we do?


  • Monitor policy changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
  • Analyze the impact of policy changes on rural hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers.
  • Examine a rural area’s ability to attract health professionals.
  • Use the work of the Rural Health Research Centers to understand the challenges in rural communities.

How can you get up-to-date Rural Policy news?

We distribute weekly Announcements with the latest policy, regulatory, research, funding, and resource updates.

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Date Last Reviewed:  September 2021