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.
Community health professionals work hard to reach rural residents disproportionately hurt by Medicare and Medicaid unwinding.
While providing an opportunity to do meaningful work for those in recovery, these businesses could also play a role in helping their host communities advance economically.
Rural Pickens County, Alabama, has just one ambulance station to serve the area’s 20,000 residents.
A proposed rule to toughen restrictions on silica dust is being considered by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, but health experts question how effective the measures would be to mitigate risk to coal miners.
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Mississippi has among the highest cervical cancer mortality rates in the U.S. When low-income women can’t afford regular preventive care, much less gynecological visits, this highly preventable and treatable cancer becomes a killer.
A Clinton County program serves a handful of families at a time but reflects far larger efforts nationwide to avoid family separation whenever possible.
Dentists are sparse in rural Nebraska and low income families struggle to find adequate care.
With passage of the MAT Act, rural patients could see access to buprenorphine, a crucial opioid addiction treatment drug, become easier and more reliable.
Failure to secure sufficient funding would undo some of the progress made in making the program more accessible by removing the in-person appointments requirement, a change particularly helpful for those living in communities farther away from urban centers.
The hospital in Jamestown closed in 2019, leaving residents a half-hour’s drive from life-saving care. A new freestanding ER established by the University of Tennessee Medical Center will bring back emergency medicine.