ST. LOUIS, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) today announced its support for National Rural Health Day to bring awareness to the unique healthcare challenges faced by providers and individuals who live in rural communities. Rural residents exhibit higher mortality rates and higher incidences of preventable inpatient and emergency room admissions than their counterparts in urban areas, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified these issues.
As part of its support, Centene has partnered with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health for National Rural Health Day (NHRD) to take the "Power of Rural Pledge" to help bring awareness to specific healthcare issues facing rural communities across the United States.
"Centene is committed to ensuring our members and providers in rural communities have access to the care and support they need," said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Centene. "We are proud to help bring a collective focus to issues facing rural communities, and we will continue to support innovative programs that create critical healthcare access for the most vulnerable populations."
Centene recognizes that in order to ensure people in rural communities have access to high-quality care, it must support rural providers and the broader communities they serve. One way the Company is accomplishing this is through telehealth solutions, which significantly improve access to care for members, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through various partnerships, Centene has expanded access to telehealth by supplying providers with smartphones to distribute to their patients; streamlining access to affordable, high-speed wireless broadband services for primary care providers in rural and underserved communities; and extending grants to assist providers with the upfront investment costs of new devices, equipment, and training. These efforts can help practices expand their reach and access by removing financial barriers that may prevent them from expanding telehealth services during COVID-19.
In addition, Centene has worked closely with FQHCs to increase COVID-19 testing capabilities and PPE (personal protective equipment) distribution for our target populations, including rural populations.
Improving rural healthcare serves as a crucial aspect of Centene's purpose of transforming the health of our communities, one person at a time. Centene is committed to working with local community partners around the country to address rural health challenges and ensure these communities have access to quality healthcare.
About Centene Corporation
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 50 company, is a leading multi-national healthcare enterprise that is committed to helping people live healthier lives. The Company takes a local approach – with local brands and local teams – to provide fully integrated, high-quality, and cost-effective services to government-sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Centene offers affordable and high-quality products to nearly 1 in 15 individuals across the nation, including Medicaid and Medicare members (including Medicare Prescription Drug Plans) as well as individuals and families served by the Health Insurance Marketplace, the TRICARE program, and individuals in correctional facilities. The Company also serves several international markets, and contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide a variety of specialty services focused on treating the whole person. Centene focuses on long-term growth and the development of its people, systems and capabilities so that it can better serve its members, providers, local communities, and government partners.
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