Original ArticlesAccess to Affordable, High-Quality Health Insurance for Rural Residents and Its Impact on Their Health and on Rural HospitalsGoldfield, Norbert I. MD; Fuller, Richard L. MSAuthor Information Ask Nurses and Doctors Inc, Northampton, Massachusetts (Dr Goldfield); 3M Health Information Systems, Silver Spring, Maryland (Mr Fuller). Correspondence: Richard L. Fuller, MS, 3M Health Information Systems, 12215 Plum Orchard Ln, Silver Spring, MD 20904 ([email protected]). The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal's Web site (www.ambulatorycaremanagement.com). Journal of Ambulatory Care Management: April/June 2019 - Volume 42 - Issue 2 - p 78-85 doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000270 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Access to rural health care is an ongoing challenge for those living in America's countryside. Hospital closures, a fragmented and dislocated care delivery system, disproportionate levels of chronic illness, and poverty combine to present significant obstacles to health reform. This article highlights the major challenges in rural health care and specifies financial and delivery policy options that can strengthen rural health care. In particular, this article suggests a return to a prepaid approach within the umbrella organizational framework of what we term “rural convening entities.” These entities would serve as the control of telehealth hubs for the communities they serve. © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.