Rural Health News

Broadband access is a necessity of modern life

The internet is now considered a basic human right; it is how people find employment, handle their finances, attend college, work and receive medical care. However, not everyone is able to use the internet to its full potential, due primarily to slow speeds. Rural areas are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing broadband.

Affordable Care Act provisions are still intact, open enrollment ends today

As I sit and write my second blog post (see the first here), I think about all that has happened since my previous post. Open Enrollment for plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace is coming to a close, and the deadline to enroll is 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2017. Social media, television and printed press has been flooded with news about the new administration and what’s in store for our nation over the next several years. We’ve had the inauguration ceremony, and our new President has been sworn into office.

Top 5 of 2016: Rural Hospitals Closing at Rate of 1 Per Month

At an early age, Executive Director Brian Depew learned to care about his community and the world around him. In our second highest viewed post of 2016, Brian shares what we can do to keep our rural hospitals open and serving local residents

Rural Hospitals Closing at Rate of 1 Per Month

Rural hospitals have been closing at a rate of nearly 1 per month since 2010. The Southeast has been especially hard hit, as the map below shows.

Health care in uncertain times

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, has not always been an agreeable issue. Some say it is expensive, while others say their lives have been saved by access to health insurance.

By looking at the numbers, we can see that the health care law is a tremendous benefit to this country.


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