Natural disasters hit farmers with a $22 billion bill last year. Only half of that was covered by insurance.
Faith groups are helping to bridge digital divides in their communities by helping to enroll households in a federal program offering discounted internet access, but its funding in Congress is uncertain.
Even though remote health care has not been widely adopted in Mitchell County, there are signs of success in one clinic that prioritized connecting with the rural culture in this mountain region.
Deploying mobile clinics to fill care gaps in underserved areas isn’t a new idea. But pairing them with Dollar General’s ubiquitous small-town presence has been heralded by investment analysts and some rural health experts as a way to ease the health care drought in rural America.
The latest state budget includes hundreds of millions of dollars to address rising mental health needs and workforce shortage issues.