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New CDC report indicates rural Americans dying more frequently from preventable causes

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service More than 46 million American s live in rural areas, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these residents tend to be older and sicker compared with people living in urban areas. In Kentucky, the report says excess deaths from preventable causes jumped by more than five percentage points in all counties. Rural Americans report...

House health-care draft suggests a proposed plan that could leave rural areas short of coverage

A 100-page draft of a House Republican plan to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act suggests that rural, middle-class Americans may soon struggle to afford health insurance. The document, which was leaked to Politico last week, specifies that Medicaid expansion for low-income, able-bodied adults won’t be completely eliminated, but eligibility and funding will be rolled back after...

Grace Boatright: Fiscal cliff health care fix good for rural patients, as well as taxpayers

Rarely do federal lawmakers come upon a policy that can expand access to critical health care services and simultaneously save taxpayers money.   But according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office, a tweak in the way Medicare pays for certain kidney disease drugs could do just that – preserving the availability of crucial treatments to rural patients and saving the program billions.   At...