USDA Rural Development invests more than $155,000 to improve health care in two rural Kansas communities

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TOPEKA, August 11, 2022 – Christy Davis, Kansas State Director for Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced today that the USDA is allocating $155,100 in grants to improve rural health care facilities in Hodgeman and Sumner counties.

“Under the leadership of President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack, the USDA is committed to ensuring that rural residents have access to reliable, quality health care” , Davis said. “The emergency rural health care grants announced today will provide the equipment and resources needed to better serve rural Kansans.”

The Biden-Harris administration made these funds available in rural emergency health care grant programs through its landmark piece of legislation, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The Act and this program are examples of the government’s ability to respond quickly to ensure that every person and family has access to high quality health care, regardless of their postal code.

USDA Rural Development promotes a healthy community and environment through Emergency Rural Health Care Grants to ensure rural Americans of all ages have access to the health care they need .

Kansas grant details are:

  • A Grant of $130,100 will help purchase equipment and recover lost revenue for Hodgeman County Health Center. The Center experienced a loss of revenue in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon completion of the project, the facility will be able to provide new and improved health care services to the community.
  • A $25,000 grant help recover lost revenue, make improvements to the electronic health records system, to Sumner County Home Health Agency in Wellington. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Agency from providing home health services in 2020, resulting in a loss of revenue.

The USDA will announce additional winners for Rural Emergency Health Care Grants in the weeks and months ahead.

Background: Rural Emergency Health Care Subsidies

Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act in March 2021 to provide immediate economic relief to those affected by the pandemic. A few months after the law was passed, the USDA responded quickly by making this funding available to ensure the long-term availability of rural health care services.

In August 2021, the USDA made available the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants through the American Rescue Plan Act to help rural health care facilities, tribes, and communities expanding access to health care services and nutritional assistance.

The aid helps provide immediate relief to support rural hospitals, healthcare clinics and local communities. The USDA administers the funds through the Rural Development Community Facilities Program.

Under the Biden-Harris administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunity, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you would like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development Updates, visit the GovDelivery subscriber page.

The USDA touches the lives of all Americans every day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA is transforming the US food system with greater emphasis on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe food, healthy and nutritious in all communities, creating new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in clean energy infrastructure and capacity in the rural America, and committing to equity across the department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce that is more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

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