West Sacramento, Calif. — Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) approved a $2.8 million loan to Eastern Plumas Health Care District (EPHCD) to expand the Portola Medical Clinic.
Now, under the proposed plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, rural hospitals could be further hampered in an already difficult economic climate.
The University of New Mexico’s ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) telemedicine program will become the national model for promoting healthcare in under-served and rural communities.
In rural areas, up to 7 percent are homeless, but not all are counted. In January each year nationwide, an official point-in-time count records a 24-hour tally of a community’s homeless population on the streets or in shelters.
Rural residents tend to be older, sicker and poorer than city dwellers, according to Diane Calmus government affairs and policy manager at the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). However, since 2010, the number of rural hospitals has markedly decreased, and in more recent years, continues to see a steady decline in services.