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Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Humana CareSource Network Notifications April 2019
Key Updates for Medicaid Beneficiaries

Due to the legal decision on March 27, 2019, the Kentucky HEALTH program did not begin on April 1, 2019, and there were no changes in coverage or benefits for any Medicaid beneficiaries. Beneficiaries and their eligible family members can continue to access Medicaid-approved healthcare services, as well as vision, dental, and non-emergency medical transportation.

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Appeal of Kentucky HEALTH ruling in Medicaid case to be heard by fall

Oral arguments are expected by autumn in the Trump administration’s appeal of a judge’s decision to strike down Kentucky’s now-stalled overhaul of Medicaid.

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit partly agreed to a request from the Trump administration for the case to be expedited, despite opposition from the group of Medicaid recipients that had sued the government.

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Secretary Azar Statement on Measles Outbreaks

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Alex Azar issued a statement this week about the outbreak of measles, now diagnosed in more than 700 cases across the country.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed outbreaks in 22 states. Symptoms of measles generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected and typically include high fever, cough, runny nose, and a rash of flat, red spots.  Available data do not indicate that rural areas are more or less affected, but the CDC’s national surveys that monitor vaccination coverage have identified that unvaccinated children are more likely to be uninsured, live below the poverty level, and live in rural areas. Many may not know about the CDC’s Vaccines for Children Program that serves children up to age 18 who are uninsured or underinsured, or who receive care through Federally Qualified Health Centers or Rural Health Clinics.  Adults who are unsure of their measles vaccination status should consider getting the updated Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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Understanding the Measles Outbreak

From January 1 to April 26, 2019, 704** individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states. This is an increase of 78 cases from the previous week. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

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Calendar Year 2020 Requirements for Federal Tort Claims Act Medical Malpractice Coverage

HRSA has issued PAL 2019-02 to describe the process for Health Center Program grantees to submit applications for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) initial deeming and redeeming for CY 2019 and 2020.

HRSA has also issued the Health Center Volunteer Health Professional (VHP) FTCA Program PAL 2019-03 with the requirements for Health Center Program grantees to submit applications to sponsor VHPs for FTCA initial, supplemental, and redeeming for CY 2019 and 2020. Both PALs are available on the FTCA Program webpage.

Health Center and Health Center VHP FTCA Programs redeeming applications (for coverage for CY 2020) are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, July 1. The redeeming application period begins on Friday, May 17. We accept initial deeming applications year-round.

Diabetes Resource Hub

The National Center for Farmworker Health, a HRSA-funded NCA, has launched a Diabetes Resource Hub featuring their partnership with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). It provides resources and tools related to the prevention, management, and treatment of prediabetes and diabetes. It also offers information about AADE’s Prevention Network and the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by CDC.

Diabetes Resource Hub
The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2017 to 2032

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) released its annual report on workforce shortages for health care across the nation.  This year’s report addresses unmet behavioral health needs and identifies primary care providers as essential, particularly in rural areas, because primary care is the main point of entry into the health care system.  

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Is Insulin’s High Cost Keeping Diabetes Patients From Taking Their Medicine?

High prescription drug prices are fast becoming a leading political topic, with medications like insulin emerging as a poster child for the issue. Nearly doubling in price from 2012 to 2016, the diabetes medication has commanded bipartisan attention on Capitol Hill and even a shoutout in a recent Netflix comedy special.

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As pensions threaten school-nurse programs, schools can get new Medicaid money for both physical and behavioral health

Many of Kentucky's school districts have long struggled to pay for school nurses, let alone professionals in behavioral health care. And now some health departments may no longer be able to provide nurses because they will have to pay more into their employees' pension system.

But schools are about to get some help with their students' health needs, under state officials' plan to allow schools to use Medicaid funding to cover both physical- and behavioral-health services. More than two in five of the state's children are covered by Medicaid.

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Update KPCA's Address

The KPCA moved to a new building this week! Please update your address records to 651 Comanche Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.
KPCA Medicaid My Portal Option Survey

The new DMS My Partner Portal (KY MPPA) gives providers and groups the ability to enter and apply for a new Medicaid ID or maintain their existing one directly to DMS.  This changes the way that Precision Healthcare Delivery can assist KPCA members going forward with DMS and we are exploring possibilities of how we can best meet your needs. 

Would it be a benefit to your practice to have Precision Healthcare Delivery (PHD) to do this service on your behalf?   Before PHD commits to offering this service to our members, we wished to survey and find out if KPCA members would like PHD to take over this responsibility or if your group prefers to enroll and maintain their own Medicaid information.

Please return the signed survey Sarah Hoeppner, or Susan Thompson, Please send your survey in by Monday, May 6th, 2019.

See Survey Here

Registration the 2019 KPCA Spring Conference closes on Tuesday, May 7th at 5 pm ET
Thursday, May 16th & Friday, May 17th, 2019
Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY, 40511
This year's Spring Conference theme will be "Changing the Quality Calculus from Pay-for-Performance (P4P) to Value-Based Care

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Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) Call for Poster Presentations

Sponsored by: University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health
KRHA is now accepting poster proposals for the 2019 conference on November 14th and 15th in Bowling Green, KY. Submitted poster proposals are required to have a policy focus related to the health of rural Kentuckians. Abstract submissions are due by July 15th, 2019.

Abstracts can be submitted at this link: 2019 KRHA Call for Posters

KPCA's Shared Services Corner
Did you know about MedPro Disposal Through Henry Schein?

Henry Schein continues their longstanding partnership servicing Community Health Centers and is the only distributor with medical and dental capabilities.  We are the only national 340B distributor offering you capital equipment, med/surg supplies, lab and non-340B pharma in physician class-of-trade outside of major wholesalers.  We provide next day service and offer a vast portfolio of solutions designed to be a resource for your centers to help improve patient outcomes, clinician/patient satisfaction as well as lowering costs.

MedPro Disposal is the fastest growing, privately held healthcare waste removal company in the country.

There are significant advantages, outside of price for doing business with MedPro Disposal
• No mysterious fees - we offer flat-fee pricing without the extra charges.
• Industry leading insurance policy - $16 million umbrella policy protects your practice.
• Dedicated team of customer advocates – quick resolutions to your needs.

Information for KPCA Members

KPCA Offering Member Clinics Access to Modules within MedTrainer

The Kentucky Primary Care Association is presenting members with a new way to manage some of your compliance requirements by providing a single source solution to the administration of some key compliance folders and putting them in one place for easy tracking and auditing.
MedTrainer will provide easy access to you and your employees for online healthcare focused training, bringing e-learning to life, easy access by employees to learning curriculums they can access from anywhere; MedTrainer offers Compliance tools that allows clinics to manage many different types of risk related activities from one easy location through an incident reporting tool; risk assessment tool; compliance checklist; OSHA reporting; and HIPAA Risk mitigation.


Check out KPCA's Newest Provider Recruitment Partners!!

The Inline Group solves unsolvable physician and advanced practitioner staffing problems through truly innovative technology, a pioneering model and passionate specialists who actually care. Focused on primary care, behavioral health and urgent care specialties, the group aims to ease the pain felt by employers and practitioners by transparently providing highly personalized introductions with no strings attached. 

Members, please log in to your KPCA account to view the The Inline Group Agreement for Use.

Contact Information
If you have any questions about the The Inline Group, please let Lindey Young, know!

New Funding Opportunities
APPLY NOW: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion
The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative called RCORP-Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion (HRSA-19-102). HRSA plans to invest approximately $8 million in rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.

Successful RCORP-Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion (MAT Expansion) award recipients will receive up to $725,000 for a three-year period of performance to establish or expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in eligible hospitals, health clinics, or tribal organizations located in high-risk rural communities.

Read the press release.

Become a New NHSC-Approved Site
Apply now to become a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) approved site. Eligible primary health care sites include health care facilities that provide outpatient, ambulatory and primary health care services (medical, dental, and behavioral health) to people living in high-need urban and rural areas. Sites providing general substance use disorder (SUD) Treatment, a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program or an Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) are also eligible to apply.

Applications are due May 30.

Learn more about the NHSC new site application.

USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make awards ranging from $35,000 to $125,000 for projects that meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution and community outreach, and that promote local access to farm-produced food.  Eligible applicants are public food program service providers, tribal organizations, and private nonprofit entities, including those that collect or harvest surplus food. 

Applications due by June 3.

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FAQs for Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation Funding

The deadline for applications for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation is May 6.  The Health Resources and Services Administration has provided answers to frequently asked questions on eligibility and application requirements.  Additionally, you can view a recording of the technical assistance webinar for applicants. For questions beyond those in the link above, email

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Request for Applications: National Quality Initiative to Improve School Health and Mental Health

The National Quality Initiative (NQI) is accepting applications to participate in a 12-month Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) focused on improving students’ health and mental health in school-based settings

The application deadline is Friday, May 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The National Quality Initiative (NQI) is funded by the HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and is part of the Bureau’s CoIIN program, which uses evidence-based strategies to improve the health of America’s mothers, children and families.

Learn more about the opportunity and how to apply
Oral Health Update
KPCA is a proud supporter and member of the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN).

Using the Health Center Dental Dashboard for Tracking, Measuring, and Improvement
Thursday, May 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here


Fundamentals of Health Center Dental Programs for Non-Clinician Dental Managers: Quality and Risk Management
Tuesday, May 14,  4-5:15 pm ET Register


2019 DQA Conference

May 17-18, Chicago, Ill., Register

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session
May 23 - 26,  Chicago, Ill. Register

Tri-State Oral Health Summit
June 14-15, Birmingham, AL Register

10th Annual Regional Oral Health Summit
June 21st, Madisonville, KY Save the Date

2019 CAMBRA Coalition Conference
August 15-16, Denver, Colorado, See More

ADA/FDI World Dental Congress  
September 4-8 - San Francisco, CA See More

NNOHA Annual Conference
October 13-16, Las Vegas, NV See More

On-Demand Webinars
Pharmacy Update
Pharmacy Update:

Medication Adherence Tip of the Week- How do you as the provider start the conversation and create a blame-free environment?

Always start by wording questions in a way that gives patients the permission to say, “I’m not taking the medicine.” Instead of asking, “Are you taking these medicines?” consider a different approach such as, “I know taking medicine every day is difficult; how often do you miss them?” This way, you give the patient an opportunity to say, “Yes, I do miss them sometimes.”

Pharmacy Update -The FDA has approved Samsung Bioepis' Eticovo (etanercept-ykro) subcutaneous injection as a biosimilar to Enbrel (etanercept) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis in patients 2 years or older, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis in patients 4 years or older. Eticovo is dispensed with a Medication Guide, and its labeling includes a Boxed Warning regarding the risk of serious infections and malignancies.

All content provided by Paula Straub, RPh, Precision Healthcare Delivery.
Events & Webinars

Scaling Up PrEP Care to End the HIV Epidemic
Monday, May 6th, 12-1:30 pm ET Register

The Vital Role of Collaboration across Teams: Expand the Impact of Your Care
Monday, May 6, 3 pm ET Register


Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work
Monday, May 6, 3:00-5:00 p.m. ET, Join the webcast the day of the event

Developing a Community Health Center Capital Project Plan and Budget, Part One*
Tuesday, May 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, Register here
*Part Two is on Wednesday, May 22


Hepatitis A Vaccination Among Persons Experiencing Homelessness
Tuesday, May 7, 2:45-4:00 p.m. ET, Register here


The Risk Management Manual for Health Centers: A Guided Tour
Tuesday, May 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, Register here


Addressing the Emerging Hepatitis C Virus and Opioid Use Disorder Epidemics
Tuesday, May 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, Register here


42nd Annual National Rural Health Association Rural Health Conference
May 7-10, Atlanta, GA, Register

2019 Kentucky Asthma Symposium
May 7th, Georgetown, KY, Register

2019 Allergy & Asthma Day on Capitol Hill
May 8th, Washington, DC, Register

Workforce Grand Rounds Webinar Series: The Power of Resiliency: Unlocking the Quadruple Aim
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 12:00-1:30pm EST Register

The Risk Management Manual for Health Centers: A Guided Tour
Wednesday, May 8, Noon-1:00 p.m. ET, Register here

Introduction to the UDS Mapper
Wednesday, May 8, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, Register here


National Learning & Action Network Series: May 2019: Focus on Antibiotic Stewardship: National Updates, Progress, and Next Steps
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET Register


Promising Practices in Behavioral Health Workforce Planning
Wednesday, May 8, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, Join the webcast the day of the session
Call-in: 888-989-4389, Passcode: 5589163


Using the Health Center Dental Dashboard for Tracking, Measuring, and Improvement
Thursday, May 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

2019 UDS Reporting Changes Technical Assistance
Thursday, May 9, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET, Join the webcast the day of the session
Call-in: 888-233-9404, Passcode: 6379668
Register here and we’ll send you presentation materials ahead of time.

Virtual Listening Sessions: Opportunities to Inform Development of an STD Federal Action Plan
Thursday, May 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m. ET Register here


MAT 101: Evidence-Based Practices in SUD Treatment
Friday, May 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET, Register here


Connecting SDOH Screening with MLP Interventions: Case Studies in Innovation
Friday, May 10, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, Register here


Opioid Abuse Disorder Care & Community Alignment Workshop
Monday, May 13th, Pikeville, KY Register

Diabetes Care & Community Alignment Workshop
Tuesday, May 14th, Hazard, KY, Register

Fundamentals of Health Center Dental Programs for Non-Clinician Dental Managers: Quality and Risk Management
Tuesday, May 14,  4-5:15 pm ET Register


BPHC All-Programs
Tuesday, May 14, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, Webcast link coming soon
To submit All-Programs questions in advance, send an email by Friday, May 10, with the subject "BPHC All-Programs Question."


Maternal Mortality Webinar
Wednesday, May 15, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET Register here


Kentucky's Grantwriting Resources
Wednesday, May 15, 1 -2 pm ET Register

2019 KPCA Spring Conference
May 16 - 17, Lexington, KY, Register

Modern Mentorship: Growing Public Health Leaders
Thursday, May 16th, 12-1:30 pm ET, Register


Patient-Centered Medical Home Teleconferences: PCMH Standards, Part 1
Thursday, May 16, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Call-in: 844-676-8471, Conference ID: 1400361


HEP Talk: Hepatitis C and the Opioid Epidemic
Thursday, May 16, 3:00-3:45 p.m. ET, Join the webcast the day of the session
Call-in: 888-566-5776, Passcode: 3578414

There’s an App for That: Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 3-3:45 pm ET Register

HRSA's Virtual Job Fair
Wednesday, May 22, 6:45-10:15 p.m. ET
Employer registration closes Wednesday, May 1.
Job seekers may register until the event.


Developing a Community Health Center Capital Project Plan and Budget, Part Two*
Wednesday, May 22, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, Register here
*Part One is on Tuesday, May 7

Kentucky Telehealth Summit
Thursday, May 23rd, Bowling Green, KY Register


Motivational Interviewing for Vaccine Hesitancy Train the Trainer Workshop
Thursday, May 23, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Lexington, KY Register


Kentucky Data on Drug Overdose & Prevention Programs: A Review
Thursday, May 23, 1 - 2 pm ET, Register

Assessing Risk and Providing Basic Services at Primary Care Settings
Thursday, May 23, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, Registration information coming soon


HEP Talk: Hepatitis C and the Cure
Thursday, May 23, 3:30-4:15 p.m. ET, Join the webcast the day of the session
Call-in: 888-566-5776, Passcode: 3578414


UDS Mapper Advanced Topics: Opioid Intervention
Friday, May 24, 11:00 a.m.-noon ET, Register here

UDS Mapper Advanced Topics: Opioid Intervention
Friday, May 24, 11:00 a.m.-noon ET, Register here

Get SMART: Safe Means of Administering the Right Therapy
May 29th & 30th , Bowling Green, KY See More


HITEQ Highlights: Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned
Thursday, May 30, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET, Register here


HEP Talk: Hepatitis B and Perinatal Transmission
Thursday, May 30, 3:00-3:45 p.m. ET, Join the session the day of the webcast
Call-in: 888-566-5776, Passcode: 3578414

Connecting Clients to Oral Health Services
Thursday, June 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET Registration information coming soon

2019 Kentucky Rural Health Clinic Summit
Friday, June 7th, Richmond, KY Register

Health Equity and Literacy Summit
June 8, 2019, Louisville, KY Register

2019 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminar
Thursday, June 13, Lexington, KY Register

Diabetes Care & Community Alignment Workshop
Wednesday, June 19th, Bowling Green, KY Register

Counting down to the 2020 Census: Community, Kids, Collaboration
Wednesday, June 19th, 1- 2 pm ET Register

2019 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminar
Thursday, June 20, Bowling Green, KY Register

2019 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminar
Friday, June 21, Paducah, KY Register

Kentucky Opioid Summit
Monday, June 24th, Lexington, KY, See More

2019 Kentucky Medical Law Update
Tuesday, June 25th, Morehead, Ky Register

2019 KRHA's Viral Hepatitis Conference
Wednesday, July 31st, Lexington, KY Save the Date

Annual Kentucky eHealth Summit
August 15-16, 2019, Lexington, Ky Save the Date
OnDemand Webinars
Grant and Scholarships Opportunities
Comments Requested: ONC Proposal for Interoperability of Health IT- May 3

HRSA Maternal Opioid Misuse Model- May 6


Newborn Screening State Evaluation Program - May 6

SAMHSA Grants for First Responders to Opioid Overdose- May 6

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Evaluation- May 6

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation (RCORP-Implementation)]- May 6

RCORP-Evaluation Funding Opportunity- May 6

HRSA Opioid Workforce Expansion Program- May 7

HRSA: Graduate Psychology Education Program- May 7

DOJ Opioid Affected Youth Initiative- May 7

Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) Professionals- Apply by May 7

DOJ:  Building Capacity for Tribal Researchers- May 13

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS)- Apply by May 13

NIH Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health- May 14

USDA Traditional Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program- May 15

CDC Grants for Health and Wellness in Indian Country- May 15

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program – May 16

NIH: Researching Interventions to Heart and Lung Disease Risk- May 17

HRSA: Enhancing Oral Health Infrastructure in Health Centers- May 21

HRSA: Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies- May 24

USDA Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program – May 24


Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program - May 24


Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program States/Territories Part B Supplemental Grant Program -  May 28

USDA Higher Education Challenge Grants Program – May 29

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program – Formula - May 30

New Sites for National Health Service Corps – May 30


Capacity Building for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research- May 31

USDA Rural Broadband Loan and Grant Program- May 31

HHS: YES Initiative for Minority and Disadvantaged Youth – May 31

USAC Telecommunications Program for Rural Health Care- May 31

ACF Community Economic Development (CED) Projects – June 3

Rural PREP Micro-research Grants – June 3

USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program – June 3

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – June 5

DOJ Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program – June 5

Community Development Financial Institution Program – June 6


Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders - June 10

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion (RCORP-MATE) -  June 10

USDA Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant – June 10

USDA Rural Health and Safety Education Grants – June 10

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training – June 10

DOJ School Violence Technology and Threat Assessment – June 11

Brookdale Foundation Relatives as Parents Program – June 12

Research for Smoking Cessation in Disadvantaged Populations- June 13

HRSA Medical Student Education Program – June 14

NIH Research to Address Opioid Epidemic and Minority Health Disparities – June 14

USDA Local Food Promotion Program – June 18

Comments Requested:  Proposed Updates for FY2020 Medicare Inpatient and Long-term Care Hospital Payments – June 24

Maternal and Child Health Services-  July 15

Federal Investment in Rural Transportation – July 15

AHA Rural Hospital Leadership Team Award – August 30

NIH: Research for Disparities Among Minority/Underserved Children- Cycles thru May 2020

Guaranteed Loans for Rural Rental Housing- Ongoing through 2021

Summer Food Service Program- Ongoing

Scholarship for Obstetrical Simulation Course Emergencies & Catastrophes- Ongoing

Grant Program will Help Rural Health Clinics Capture Quality Data- Ongoing

HIT Strategies for Patient-Reported Outcome Measures- Ongoing

HIT to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes- Ongoing

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program- Ongoing

Water and Wast Disposal Loan & Grant Program- Ongoing

View all HRSA Funding Opportunities
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