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One in six of all Americans—46 million people—live in rural areas. There is a significant gap in health between rural and urban Americans, with rural Americans more likely to die from conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and opioid overdoses. In addition, access to care has been under threat, as exemplified by the closure of over 100 rural hospitals across the country this decade.

Opportunities for innovation we will pursue include improved community-based care and telehealth, value-based care-reimbursement models that preserve access and align incentives for rural payers and providers, and deployment of readiness assessments and action plans for addressing behavioral health and SDOH in rural areas.

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