Rural Health

  • Crisis in the Country

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    Since 2010, Texas has seen more rural hospitals close than has any other state, leaving huge gaps in health care; however, the state's rural areas have options for maintaining health care facilities 

    What Happens to Physicians When the Local Hospital Shuts Down?  
  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

  • Rural Health Articles

    TMA, THA Leaders Push Senator Cornyn on Proposed Medicaid Changes

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    Leaders of TMA and the Texas Hospital Association met with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn to work out a better solution for the Medicaid provisions in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

    How This Can Affect Practices and Patients

  • Invest in Obesity Prevention


    Both children and adults in rural areas are far more likely to be overweight than their urban and suburban counterparts.  Investing in obesity prevention is vital to keeping rural residents healthy.

    More on Obesity  
  • A New Path to Primary Care

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    Thanks in part to several legislative victories, Texas is finding innovative ways to chip away at physician shortages in the state’s rural areas.

    More on Rural Physician Shortages  
  • Work Now to Promote Healthy Aging

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    The composition of rural America today is predominantly elderly. Individuals 65 years and over constitute approximately 13.1% of the American population; however, 20% of the elderly live in non-metropolitan designated areas. (Source: NRHA)

    More on Promoting Healthy Aging  
  • Medicaid Officials Seek TMA Input on Red-Tape Relief

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    Rural physicians generally have large caseloads of Medicaid patients.  TMA is working to reduce the Medicaid red-tape so rural physicians can focus on their patients and maintain a viable practice.

    More on Red-Tape Relief