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News stories from the past 60 days.

It’s 4 A.M. The Baby’s Coming. But the Hospital Is 100 Miles Away.
Jul 17, 2018 - Discusses the lack of access to obstetric care in much of the rural areas of the county, focusing on a community in Missouri where the local hospital recently closed and many surrounding hospitals have closed their obstetrics units, making the distance to care significant. Also touches on the impact to a rural community when it loses a hospital and when it loses this specific kind of care. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The New York Times
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Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Face Tough Decisions On Questionable Billing Schemes
Jul 3, 2018 - Details the controversy over a relatively new practice of buying rural hospitals and using them to bill insurance companies for lab tests performed offsite for patients who have never been to that hospital. While struggling rural hospitals may initially regard being purchased as a positive, especially when their revenue increases and debts begin to be paid off, the practice has come under scrutiny and there is concern that these rural hospitals will be held responsible for the actions of their new owners.
Source: NPR
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USDA Announces $309 Million Investment in Rural Electric Utilities
Jun 7, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $309 million in 16 projects that will build or improve on electric line serving rural homes, farms, and businesses in 12 states. These loans are being made through the USDA's Electric Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee program.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Soon-To-Be Mothers Hurry To Find Care After Rural Missouri Hospital Closes
May 29, 2018 - Details the unexpected closure of a rural Missouri hospital and efforts to preserve access to maternity care in the area. Also touches on the difficulties faced by expectant mothers who, until an alternative is established, will be an hour's drive from obstetrical care.
Source: WOSU Public Media
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Last Updated: 7/17/2018