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2011 Rural Health Summit presentation

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  1. 1. 2011 Virginia Rural Health Summit Trey Davis Assistant Director, Governmental Relations Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
  2. 2. Virginia Farm Bureau Make-Up <ul><li>88 County Farm Bureaus </li></ul><ul><li>139,000 members </li></ul><ul><li>36,000 producer members make up VFBF </li></ul><ul><li>Programs? </li></ul>
  3. 3. VFBF Mission <ul><li>We will enhance, primarily through advocacy , education and communication , the agricultural interests of Farm Bureau members through economic, political and social programs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Virginia Agriculture Statistics <ul><li>$79 billion industry </li></ul><ul><li>10.3% of state’s employment </li></ul><ul><li>57 years of age is the average in Virginia </li></ul>
  5. 5. Farmers and Their Health Coverage <ul><li>Coverage is at 90%, but cost can be almost twice as much </li></ul><ul><li>High-risk occupation, increase of cost </li></ul><ul><li>Where can a farmer get coverage? </li></ul><ul><li>Other employment opportunities or purchase individual plans </li></ul>
  6. 6. Rural Health in Virginia “ Rural communities are now experiencing higher rates of obesity and overweight than urban areas. Rural residents tend to eat diets higher in fat and calories, exercise less, and watch more television, all of which can contribute to unhealthy weight gain. Adding to the challenge, rural communities face barriers to addressing obesity, such as higher poverty levels, less access to settings, foods, and services that facilitate physical activity and healthy eating, and limited school resources to provide nutrition education and physical education.” Rural Access Council, 2005.
  7. 7. Other Challenges
  8. 8. Rural Health-Federal Level <ul><li>The mass amount of collaboration required for innovative rural health policy and health equity in the short-term will take place at the federal level. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Rural Health-Federal Level <ul><li>Health equity: What types of institutional and social changes are necessary to tackle health inequities? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Rural Health-Federal Level <ul><li>  Rural communities will benefit from the $11 billion (over 5 years) in increased funding for Community Health Centers, which will likely double the number of patients in that time. </li></ul><ul><li>There is new funding for training programs to increase the number of primary care doctors, nurses and public health professionals in underserved areas. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rural Health-Federal Level <ul><li>A weakness of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is that most of its rural access provisions are not guaranteed to be funded. </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen from here on out? </li></ul>
  12. 12. On to the Courts… <ul><li>Lawsuit has been expedited </li></ul><ul><li>Careful to pick apart the lawsuit: focuses on constitutionality not intent </li></ul>
  13. 13. Rural Health Care Equity <ul><li>Taxes on agricultural commodities to fund health care initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Reimbursement rates for Medicare and Medicaid </li></ul><ul><li>Development of telemedicine </li></ul>
  14. 14. VFBF Rural Health Advisory Committee <ul><li>Made up of 14 producer farmers from throughout the state </li></ul><ul><li>Have some background in rural health access, equity, coverage, or delivery </li></ul>
  15. 15. VFBF Rural Health Advisory Committee <ul><li>Rural Health essay contest </li></ul><ul><li>Distribute $3,000 to high school and college graduates with a future in rural health equity </li></ul><ul><li>Other programs/partnerships? </li></ul>
  16. 16. No Magic Bullet
  17. 17. Comments/Questions <ul><li>[email_address] or 804-290-1017 </li></ul>