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GRHA Newsletter  Week of February 8, 2013    [email protected]    478-552-3620


Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981, this nonprofit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians. Join now!

FY 2013 GRHA Board of Directors


Denise Kornegay

Immediate Past President

Sallie Barker

President Elect

Ann Addison

Vice- President

Shelly Spires


Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland Gillman

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Tim Trottier

Mary Mathis

Sue Nieman

Charles Owens

Chris Parker

Carie Summers

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


Meet our Board of Directors

Annual Rural Health Conference

May 7-10
Louisville, Ky.

Medicaid and the Uninsured
Getting into Gear for 2014: 
Findings from a 50-State Survey of Eligibility, Enrollment, Renewal, and 
Cost-Sharing Policies in Medicaid and CHIP, 2012-2013

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Summit Funding Group


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



Peach State Health Plan 





Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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International Prenatal Infection Month


American Heart Month


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Georgia Rural Health Association in Washington D.C. for the NRHA Policy Institute, Sallie Barker, GRHA Legislative Chair


Sallie Barker, GRHA Legislative Chair and Matt Caseman, GRHA Executive Director, recently visited congressional offices February 5th for the National Rural Health Association's annual Policy Institute. The event offered an opportunity to learn first-hand about the development and implementation of health care policy at the federal level and a chance to meet with Georgia's congressional delegation.


NRHA developed three "asks" or items that advocates took to Capitol Hill. GRHA asked Georgia's senators and representatives to support:


1) Modifying the Medicare sequestration process set to begin in March 2013 to avoid disproportionate harm to the rural health safety net.


2)  The continuation and strengthening of rural Medicare programs.


3)   Appropriate funding levels for rural health programs for the remainder of fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014.


 Documentation and background information for the advocacy effort can be reviewed through NRHA's Policy Institute Action Kit.



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Agenda Coming Soon


State Capitol 


S.M.A.R.T. 2013 GRHA Legislative Agenda


Rural Health Day at the Capitol


Wednesday, February 20, 2013


State Capitol


South Wing


8:00 am - 12:00 pm 


Sponsorship Form 


Small rural hospital closes doors; more to follow

By Andy Miller

The Friday closing of Calhoun Memorial Hospital in the southwest Georgia town of Arlington reflects the financial squeeze that many rural facilities face.


A handful of other rural hospitals in the state also may be teetering on the brink, with rising levels of uninsured patients and with Medicaid continuing to pay low rates for services.


HomeTown Health, an organization of rural hospitals in Georgia, says a half-dozen facilities could follow Calhoun Memorial's move and shut down in the coming months.


Ironically, news of the nonprofit hospital's closing came just hours after the state House passed a bill to facilitate renewal of the hospital provider fee. Jimmy Lewis of HomeTown Health said that if the bill had failed and the fee had vanished, more than 20 rural hospitals might have had to close.


Many hospitals in rural counties, though they have managed to stay afloat, have already given up obstetrical services because of financial losses and difficulty in recruiting OB/GYNs to deliver babies. (Here's a recent GHN article on the problem.)


Georgia Oral Health Workforce Advancement Loan Repayment Program

Applications due February 28, 2013

The Georgia Oral Health Workforce Advancement Loan Repayment Program is open to licensed dental providers who are employed or seeking employment at approved sites. The program pays up to $25,000, for one year, towards pre-dental and dental education loan debt for new graduates or young practitioners. In return, applicants agree to practice full-time dentistry for a minimum of 12 months, in a Georgia Dental Health Professional Shortage Area or Georgia Division of Public Health dental program.

Applications will be accepted from February 1 through February 28, 2013. For application forms or more information, contact Ketarya Dent at [email protected] or 706.721.2383.



SOWEGA-AHEC Archived CURE Webinars:


Clinical Updates in Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Speaker: Mandy Mercer, MSW, LCSW


Stress Management & Conflict Resolution in Healthcare Settings

Speaker: Lori-Ann P. Landry, MSW, LCSW


Ischemic Heart Disease:  Clinical Updates

Michael S. Levy, MD


ARRA: Changes to EMTALA and HIPAA Privacy and

Security Requirements and Its Impact on Healthcare Providers

Kathy Whitmire


CMS Value Based Purchasing: Better Care, Better Health,

Lower Costs, Safer More Efficient Care

Richard E. Wild, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP



Funding Opportunity

Health Center Program New Access Point Grants

New Access Points Grants will be awarded to organizations that can provide primary health care services to underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program.

Applicants must demonstrate a high level of need in their community/population, demonstrate collaborative and coordinated delivery systems for the provision of health care to the underserved, and show that they are ready to rapidly initiate the proposal.

Applicants must propose a new access point that:

  • Provides culturally competent, comprehensive primary medical care as its primary purpose
  • Provides services, either directly onsite or through established arrangements, without regard to ability to pay
  • Ensures access to services for all individuals in the targeted service area/population
  • Provides services at one or more permanent service delivery sites
Learn more
Mark Your Calendar


Rural Health Day at the Capitol

Georgia Rural Health Association

February 20, 2013

Georgia State Capitol

Sponsorship form


Cover Georgia Day

Georgians for a Healthy Future and Cover Georgia Coalition

Tuesday, February 19th 

Central Presbyterian Church and State Capitol

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

More Information  


Georgia Organics 

A Prescription for Better Health

16th Annual Georgia Organics Conference

February 22-23, 2013

Georgia International Convention Center

Atlanta, Georgia



Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

2013 Annual Spring Conference

March 18-20, 2013

Hyatt Regency, Savannah, Georgia






Matt Caseman