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Medicaid Expansion Particularly Helped Rural Areas, Small Towns, Report Finds
Sep 26, 2018 - Details a new report by Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute and the University of North Carolina's NC Rural Health Project which found that Medicaid expansion has been especially beneficial to low-include adults in small towns and rural areas. Links lower uninsured rates to greater access to care for individuals, more reliable funding sources for hospitals, and less uncompensated care.
Source: Healthcare Dive
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Study Documents Poor Mental and Physical Health in Rural Borderland Community Members
Sep 20, 2018 - Details the results of a recent study from the University of California, Riverside, which found that farmworkers and their families face a number of challenges that create significant and chronic stress. This can affect physical as well as mental health.
Source: University of California, Riverside
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As Hurricane Florence Approaches, the Rural Carolinas Brace For Impact
Sep 12, 2018 - Details concerns about emergency preparedness and response in North and South Carolina in the lead up to Hurricane Florence. Because rural areas tend to be home to older, sicker, and poorer people, and because of more limited transportation and broadband access, rural residents may be more severely impacted by this kind of storm.
Source: City Lab
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A Rural Town Banded Together to Open a Hospital. Its Foe? A Larger Hospital.
Sep 5, 2018 - Details efforts within a rural town in Florida to open a new hospital. The area has a high poverty rate and significant health disparities, many related to the distance people have to travel for care. In addition to regulatory and financial hurdles, a larger hospital 40 miles away has asked the state to deny their proposal, a move that has delayed plans to build the hospital. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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Sick River: Can These California Tribes Beat Heroin and History?
Sep 4, 2018 - Discusses the struggles of several tribes in Northern California related to drug use and environmental factors impacting health, access to food, and economic stability. These issues are intertwined, with the health of the river and the desperation its pollution creates both spiritually and for people who rely on it for subsistence fishing influencing drug use. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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