Rural Health Association of Tennessee
The Rural Health Association of Tennessee is the only group in Tennessee that specifically and exclusively focuses on Tennessee's rural citizens - we advocate and educate on rural health issues.
Our Areas of Concern in Rural Tennessee
- Rural Access to Health Care
- Substance Abuse
- Special Populations
- Mental/Behavioral Health
- Health Professions Education
- Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
- Oral Health
- Rural Emergency Preparedness
Save the Date!
Annual Conference 2016
November 16-18, 2016
Music Road Hotel & Convention Center
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Nominate a deserving individual or entity for a 2014 award. Click here for the categories and descriptions.
RHAT Legislative Priorities and Principles 2016
Find your state legislator at this link to share with them your support of the RHAT priorities.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The purpose of NIAM is to celebrate the benefits of vaccination and highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
National Health Center Week has been celebrated for more than 30 years to recognize the services and contributions of Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers. While there are countless reasons to celebrate America’s Health Centers, among the most important and unique is their long success in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States.
Read our statement of support here.
When the hospital in Newton, Miss., closed, Wendy Bailey felt she had lost a lifeline. “One of my biggest fears is … finding my daughter on the floor from a seizure … and not being able to get help quick enough,” says Bailey. Another 673 rural hospitals are at risk of closing. Cuts in reimbursement for bad debt have been particularly hard on rural hospitals, according to NRHA’s Maggie Elehwany. With your help, NRHA’s Save Rural Hospitals Act will create a unique payment designation to offer a path forward for struggling rural hospitals.
Fifty-five rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and 283 more are on the brink of closure, risking access to much-needed health care for more than 700,000 Americans.
That’s why the National Rural Health Association advanced the Save Rural Hospitals Act, introduced today by U.S Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa).
The bipartisan bill will stabilize and strengthen rural hospitals by:
Stopping the many cuts in Medicare that rural hospitals have endured for years,
Providing rural hospitals with new funding so they can provide quality primary care to rural patients across the nation, and
Creating a path forward for struggling rural hospitals by allowing them to provide care that makes sense in their communities and receive fair reimbursement for emergency room and primary care.
Healthcare Exchange (Marketplace) Resources
Five Tips for Enrolling in Health Insurance
Health Law Helper (Consumer Reports)
Helpful Phone Numbers & Links (from TN Primary Care Association)
Tip Sheet for the Newly Insured
Need help navigating the Health Exchange Marketplace? Many organizations are serving as Navigator Organizations and have staff and partner organizations to assist. Click here for a list.
Read a sample "Rural Health Digest"