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.
When Covid-19 came to Roseburg, Oregon, KC Bolton, the CEO of a local health center, was called to put his military and healthcare experience to use. From the first surge to the rollout of vaccines, he helped coordinate the community’s response.
Hiring temporary staff to fill in the gaps often costs hospitals much more than paying for local, permanent employees.
The federal government will still pay for the care of uninsured Covid-19 patients. But the insurance-rule changes could stress struggling rural hospitals.
Native Americans already lead the nation in percentage of population vaccinated. Several tribes are using incentives to get the number of those protected even higher.
Despite improvements, the rural infection and death rates remain significantly higher than the metropolitan rates.
Uniontown, Alabama has raised funds to mend its long deficient wastewater system. But residents are concerned about their level of involvement in the decision-making.
For months, the CEO of the Cherokee Indian Hospital has quietly traveled to county commission meetings in Western North Carolina to give presentations on the benefits of Medicaid expansion. Five counties and several towns in the region have responded with resolutions of support.
Although conditions improved last week, rural counties continue to have significantly higher rates of Covid-19 infections and deaths than metropolitan counties.
The rate of new infections fell significantly last week in rural America. But the death rate grew by 10% and could continue to grow for weeks.
The rate of new vaccinations has been on the rise since mid-August, when the Delta variant took hold in rural areas.