Six West Virginia counties are eligible for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding.
Boone, Clay, Hampshire, Lincoln, Preston, and Wirt counties were changed from the urban to rural category in the Rural-Urban Commuting Areas (RUCA) codes in September. The update is based on the economic and geographic measures used for determining what is considered a rural area.
“After pushing for over a year to change the classification system that kept rural West Virginia counties from crucial healthcare funding, HRSA announced revisions to the RUCA codes are complete, making dozens of health providers eligible for rural grants and assistance across West Virginia,” U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said. “I am pleased our hard work paid off, and health providers now have access to funding that supports critical programs including black lung/coal miner clinics programs, rural opioid response programs, rural HIV/AIDS planning programs, rural telehealth programs, State Offices of Rural Health, hospital flex grants, and many more. While we did not change all of the county classifications we advocated for, I will continue to work with HRSA to change the classifications and get our health providers the funding they need to serve West Virginians.”
HRSA determines a large percentage of grants and awards for rural health providers.