Capitol Correspondence - 08.25.20

HHS, HUD and USDA Collaborate on Guidance on Home Safety and Accessibility in Rural Areas

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As announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing a Joint Informational Bulletin with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and three HHS agencies—the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)—to share information on existing federal resources, programs, and initiatives that are intended to improve home safety and accessibility for older adults and people with a disability in rural areas with states.   

While this bulletin doesn’t issue new guidance it does bring together information on current resources and programs across three federal agencies—HHS, HUD, and USDA.  Additionally, this bulletin supports the first ever CMS Rural Health Strategy, launched in 2018 to improve health care in rural America, by leveraging collaborative partnerships, both on a federal level and at a regional, state, and local level. 

Joint Informational Bulletin: Living at Home in Rural America: Improving Accessibility for Older Adults and People with a Disability