Politico.com's policy-heavy companion site The Agenda has posted a special rural health issue: Healthcare's new rural frontier  How an Idaho hospital that serves a region with more bears than people is helping forge the future of American medicine. Health in the Heartland America's rural regions...
Woodrow Wilson was President when Veteran Volunteer Vincent Savarino was born. This month he will celebrate birthday number 100 during National Volunteer Week at the Wilkes-Barre VA medical center. As the medical center’s oldest active volunteer, Savarino’s work ethic is...
Wisconsin state legislators have proposed a package of legislation to help reverse the state's decades-long population shift to cities and suburbs. The package, referred to as the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, includes programs to support economic development, education, broadband expansion, workforce...
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed of New York is working on a bipartisan bill with Vermont Rep. Peter Welch that would preserve access to hospital care for seniors in rural areas. Currently there are five hospitals in the 11 counties of...
The Texas House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would require health insurance providers to offer the same coverage and benefits for mental health and substance abuse conditions as they do for medical and surgical care. Lawmakers have pledged...
According to a recent report from the Tennessee Hospital Association, 61 hospitals help keep small towns healthy through access to a variety of services and salaries. The hospitals have a combined economic impact of $994.7 million and support 15,654 jobs. In...
Wyoming health officials say there were six times as many gonorrhea cases in 2016 than in 2012. Natrona County had the highest rate of infection for gonorrhea in 2016, followed by Laramie and Fremont counties. There are several possible explanations...
Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine are hoping that the power of the Internet will help reach people with HIV who are neglecting their health because of fear, stigma or substance abuse. The researchers are testing an...
Dr. Marlys Luebke has been named the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians 2017 Family Doctor of the Year. She is the first woman to receive the honor. No stranger to the challenges of practicing rural medicine, Luebke believes patient access to...
Supporters of a South Carolina bill requiring insurance companies to cover a year's worth of birth control pills say it will prevent unintended pregnancies and save the state money. Although doctors typically write a yearlong prescription, insurance companies generally pay...
State Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) has re-introduced a bill that would eliminate the requirement that Pennsylvania nurse practitioners get business contracts with doctors before treating patients on their own. The aim of the bill is to make primary care...
A bill making its way through the Oklahoma Legislature would give rural doctors an income tax break of $25,000 a year. It's an incentive that Oklahoma desperately needs. "It is the way, the only way, to really get people committed...
A University of North Dakota report estimates a potential statewide physician shortage of somewhere between 260 to 360 professionals by 2025. That's quite a shortfall for the sparsely populated state. The 2017 biennial North Dakota health report identifies rural health needs, particularly...
Operated by the New Hanover and Brunswick county health departments, the Miles of Smiles mobile dental clinic stops at 19 schools a year to screen and treat low-income children. With proof of Medicaid enrollment, students are seen for free....