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Through collaborations with other VA program offices, Federal partners, state partners, and rural communities, the VHA Office of Rural Health works to optimize the use of available and emerging technologies, establish new access points to care, and employ strategies to increase health care options for all rural Veterans. We are committed to honoring service and empowering health.

VHA and ORH Adopt New System to Define “Rural” Feature

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) leads the nation in caring for rural Veterans. In order to do so, VHA must know where rural Veterans live to provide adequate access to care. This requires the best possible definition of “rural”.

As such, VHA recently changed how it defines urban, rural and highly rural land areas. The Rural-Urban Commuting Areas (RUCA) system replaces the current method, which is based on US Census Bureau criteria.

Read more about the definition of "Rural"

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