The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Rural Health Council is hosting public, virtual listening sessions to ensure the CMS Rural Health Strategy reflects the needs and priorities of those living and working in rural and frontier communities, including Tribal Nations and U.S. territories.
CMS invites you to join a listening session to provide your feedback on the current Rural Health Strategy and help improve CMS’s approach to advancing rural health. All listening sessions will be held virtually and dates are specific to your area. These sessions are meant for individuals with lived experience receiving health care or supporting healthcare service delivery in rural communities, including Tribal Nations and U.S. territories.
Prior to the listening session, you are encouraged to review the CMS Rural Health Strategy, and be prepared to speak to the following topic areas during the call:
- Which of the CMS Rural Health Strategy objectives should CMS continue to prioritize?
- What is missing from the current CMS Rural Health Strategy objectives?
- What can CMS do to advance health equity for rural and frontier communities, including Tribal Nations and U.S. territories?
Please plan to attend the session that pertains to your CMS region, see information below. Listening sessions are open to the public to attend. If you have any questions about the CMS Rural Health Strategy listening sessions, please send to: RuralHealth@cms.hhs.gov.
Listening Session #1: CMS Regions 5, 7 and 8
Relevant States & Territories: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 10th at 4:00pm EDT
Listening Session #2: CMS Region 4, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands
Relevant States & Territories: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 11th at 12:00pm EDT
Listening Session #3: CMS Regions 6, 9, 10
Relevant States & Territories: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Date/Time: Thursday, May 12th at 6:00PM EDT
Listening Session #4: CMS Regions: 1,2,3 (excluding Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands, which will be included in Listening Session #2)
Relevant States & Territories: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, District of Columbia
Date/Time: Thursday, May 19th at 4:00pm EDT
Paid for by the US Department of Health and Human Services.