2017-03-30 National Governors Association

States Improve Access to High-Quality Health Care in Rural America

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that seven states—Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota and Pennsylvania—will participate in a learning collaborative through which they will identify and implement strategies to improve access to high-quality, cost-effective health care in rural America.

Governors across the country are concerned about rural Americans’ access to high-quality health care. Recent trends point to a widening gap in health status between those in rural and urban areas. Rural communities face a significant set of barriers, including lower income, diminishing population numbers, poorer health and well-being, limited access to care and higher rates of both uninsured and aging populations.

This new opportunity from NGA will help states seeking to identify short- and long-term solutions to improve the health and well-being of rural communities. States will explore the underlying issues affecting their communities and develop strategies to ensure new or continued access to care. Participants will gain a firsthand understanding of innovative, evidence-based and promising policies, programs and practices.

The NGA Center for Best Practices is committed to meeting the needs of states looking to improve health care in rural communities through evidence-based solutions. To learn more about the Health Division, click here.