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


RHAT Legislative Priorities and Principles 2016

Find your state legislator at this link to share with them your support of the RHAT priorities. 



Read our statement of support here.  

Read more about Insure Tennessee here and here.

RHAT is a member of the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee. Read our letter to Governor Haslam.


Save the Date!

East Tennessee Regional Workshop

April 4, 2016

ETSU Valleybrook
122 Pickens Road
Kingsport, TN 37620

Registration will begin soon!

Middle Tennessee Regional Workshop

April 15, 2016

Location and registration information available soon!

West Tennessee Regional Workshop

May 13, 2016

Bethel University
325 Cherry Avenue
McKenzie, TN 38201

Registration will begin soon!

Annual Conference 2016

 November 16-18, 2016
 Music Road Hotel & Convention Center
 Pigeon Forge, Tennessee



The Rural Emergency Acute Care Act
The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act of 2015 (S.1648) was introduced June 23, 2015 by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), to establish a new Medicare payment designation, the Rural Emergency Hospital to sustain emergency services in rural communities.NRHA applauds the forward thinking of Sen. Grassley by introducing a new model of rural health care to provide rural hospitals and communities a path forward to provide local care.  Click here for more information.
Brock Slabach
National Rural Health Association
Sr. Vice-President, Member Services
Leawood KS

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  

Quick Info

Learn 4 steps to getting coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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"


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