THE WHITE HOUSE
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
VICE PRESIDENT GORE LAUNCHES NEW $125 MILLION RURAL HOSPITAL FLEXIBILITY
PROGRAM TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IN RURAL AMERICA Today, Vice President Al Gore launched a new Rural Hospital
Flexibility Program to improve access to health care in rural communities and develop networks to expand and improve health care services.
"For people living in rural communities rural hospitals are a lifeline, and yet today 20 million Americans in our rural communities do not have adequate access to quality health care," Vice President Al Gore said. "That is why we are taking this important step to help assure that rural hospitals can meet the health care needs of working families."
The new $125 million Rural Hospital Flexibility Program is designed to bring together local and community based organizations that provide or support health care service delivery, including hospitals, clinics, local public health agencies, emergency medical service providers, and local government to help determine how care can be delivered more effectively, what resources are needed, and what problems and barriers must be overcome to achieve better health care for all rural working families.
The new program will enable states to designate certain hospitals as "critical access hospitals", or CAHs, and assure they get the funding they need to improve care in ways that best meet the needs of each community. These grants will also be used to improve the coordination of local health care services and to help hospitals provide expanded primary care services. Isolated rural residents often go without critical primary care services that can turn into complicated and debilitating conditions because of a lack of locally-based primary care providers.
In 1997, more than 54 million Americans lived in rural areas, making up 20 percent of the U.S. population. Of those, more than 20 million have inadequate access to health care.
The list of grantees in 43 states that are receiving the first major set of awards ($13 million) today is attached.
Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Fiscal Year 1999 Grant Awards ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | Grantee Grant Award Alaska Department of Health & Social Services $382,705 Alabama Department of Public Health 162,650 Arkansas Department of Health 478,381 The University of Arizona 124,379 California Department of Health Services 220,055
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 382,705
Florida Department of Health 191,352
Georgia Department of Human Resources 411,408
Hawaii Department of Health 162,650
Iowa Department of Public Health 231,378
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare 334,867
Illinois Department of Public Health 478,381
Indiana Department of Health 287,029
Kansas Department of Health and Environment 550,138
Kentucky Department for Public Health 191,352
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals 220,055
Massachusetts Department of Public Health 81,325
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 83,717
Maine Department of Human Services 124,379
Michigan Department of Community Health 224,839
Minnesota Department of Health 550,138
Missouri Department of Health 81,325
Mississippi Department of Health 171,403
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services 574,057
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 287,029
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and 541,712 Health Sciences
Nebraska Health and Human Services System 550,138
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services 95,676
New Mexico Department of Health 153,082
University of Nevada School of Medicine 220,055
New York Department of Health 550,138
Ohio Department of Health 95,676
Oklahoma Department of Health 478,381
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental 263,110 Control
South Dakota Department of Health 287,029
Tennessee Department of Health 399,448
Texas Department of Health 478,381
Virginia Department of Health 167,433
Vermont Department of Health 167,433
Washington Department of Health 550,138
Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services 550,138
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources 358,786
Wyoming Department of Health 220,055