Rural Health

  • Medicaid Reenrollment Application Deadline Has Passed. Have You Reenrolled?

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    The June 17 intermediate submission deadline for Medicaid reenrollment has passed. If you participate in the Medicaid program and haven’t submitted your application, please do so immediately. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will process applications submitted after June 17 but can’t guarantee those applications will be finalized by the federal deadline of Sept. 24, which could result in these applicants’ disenrollment from Texas Medicaid and denial of payment. 

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  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

     
  • Rural Health Articles

    Tackle Tobacco Use Among Children and Adolescents

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    Residents of rural communities are more likely to use tobacco products, to start at a younger age, to use more heavily and to be exposed to secondhand smoke at work and at home than their counterparts in cities and suburbs.

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  • Invest in Obesity Prevention

     
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    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.

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  • 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)

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  • 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