What types of issues does rural health policy address rural health policy addresses many of the same issues as the broader realm of health policy such as access to care quality improvement cost containment and healthcare system redesign. Page 1 options for rural health care system reform and redesign policy brief december 2012 editorial note this policy brief is intended to serve as a companion to the report the national. The rural monitors two part series on rural health literacy understanding skills and demands is key to improvement and whos delivering health information provides insights connections between health and health literacy and discusses how health information is being delivered to rural populations. Cms is taking measureable steps toward improving access to health care for rural populations including forming a council of experts tasked with addressing rural health issues engaging stakeholders in rural communities and partnering with health organizations to raise awareness. Health care in rural america presents challenges that states are addressing in a variety of ways many rural communities lack adequate access to primary and preventive services more than three quarters of the nations rural counties are designated as health professional shortage areas1 in addition to the scarcity of primary care providers and services in rural areas the people who live
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