More than 2 million Pennsylvanians, including 500,000 children, don't have access to fresh, healthy, affordable food. Those residents — who make up more than 15 percent of the state’s population — live in rural and urban lower-income areas with limited...
Pregnant women living in northern New Mexico have to cross over sixty miles to deliver their babies with a doctor or midwife. More than half of the physicians in the state are working in Bernalillo County. Barbara Webber from Health Action New Mexico said getting...
Reliance on nursing homes has declined across Oregon for decades as people turn to assisted living, residential care, and foster homes. In rural Oregon, however, nursing homes remain a key fixture in health care, providing what no other residential facility can —...
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is working in 13 rural counties to reduce patients’ risk for heart disease and stroke through care coordination. The counties selected for the program have the highest percentage of adults with a history of...
A program to train nurse practitioners at North Dakota State University was awarded a $513,992 grant to help prepare family nurse practitioners to serve rural areas. The grant will help NDSU to promote clinical education in rural health care shortage areas....
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has awarded the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $1.5 million to establish clinical experiences for health professions students in rural areas of the state, launching...
Arkansas has the third highest maternal mortality rate in the country. State Representative Greg Leding proposed a study to research the problems Arkansas women go through during pregnancy and child birth. According to United Health Foundation's 2016 Health of Women and...
Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona and Centene Corp's Ambetter by Health Net have filed paperwork to continue offering individual health plans on federal exchanges in 2018, Last year, one Arizona county was briefly left without a health insurance provider. Blue Cross sells...
Alaska is seeing a surge in opioid and heroin addiction, along with a massive increase in diseases connected to injecting drugs, particularly Hepatitis C. In rural areas areas of the state, people tend not to have regular access to clean syringes, which...
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) has awarded a $200,000 grant to Capstone Rural Health Center in Walker County. The funds will go toward the construction of a 9,600-square foot clinic that will replace Capstone’s existing modular...
The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded a $1.4 million, two-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund the Rural Academic Practice Partnership (RAPP) for Northeastern Minnesota. The RAPP initiative will improve access to care, quality...
Blue Cross of Idaho announced it will it will remain in the 2018 individual market, offering on and off exchange qualified health plans in every county in Idaho. “As an Idaho-based not-for-profit organization, we only sell health insurance products in...
Anthem Inc., the largest for-profit managed health care company in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, announced it will no longer offer plans through the government-run health insurance exchange in rural Nevada counties. Prominence Health Plan also recently announced it will...
With Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature on SB 1107/HB 2697, Texas becomes the last state to allow physicians to connect with new patients via telehealth. The action puts to rest a long-simmering debate between telemedicine advocates and providers over whether...