Keeping rural America strong means building healthy communities. Our healthcare coverage focuses on all the important issues in rural health, including access to critical care, affordability, the future of rural hospitals, the rural response to the Covid-19 pandemic, drug addiction and abuse, and much more.
The communities that got their resources extracted and saw the leadership of the country ignore their needs have to see real commitment before they can feel cared for again.
Inadequate funding, old and expensive to maintain equipment and dwindling population are all contributing to the crisis. The resulting lack of healthcare access has negative effects across entire communities.
States like Missouri with low vaccination rates are also the ones with the highest rates of new infections.
Despite the new legislation designed to help with healthcare costs transparency, many rural hospitals still make it difficult for patients to get clear answers in advance of the billing.
Missouri and surrounding states account for much of the increase. But Florida is emerging as a rural hot-spot as well.
Healthcare reporter Liz Carey has a tenacious spirit, 20 years of journalism experience, and lots of formal education. If she can’t get an answer to how her insurance will handle a medical procedure, what chance do the rest of us have?
Outbreaks of the Delta variant in Missouri and Arkansas are driving up the rural numbers nationally.
The surge in Missouri has crossed the state line into Arkansas, which accounted for about a third of the increased rural infections last week.
Thirty-four percent of rural Americans have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations. In metropolitan counties, the rate is 44.3%.