2015-16 Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment rates as a percent of the potential market, by metropolitan and expansion status. (RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis)

More Rural Americans Got Insurance through Affordable Care Act Last Year

A greater percentage of potential consumers in rural areas got coverage through the federally managed marketplace in 2016, a new study shows. Congress, meanwhile, is clearing the path to vote on repealing the legislation with no other plan in place.... READ MORE

A hospital worker removing a plaque from Sac-Osage Hospital, which closed its doors in 2015. Photo by Orlin Wagner/AP

Speak Your Piece: Obamacare Repeal Would Hit Rural America Hardest

Rural America already lags in life expectancy and other measurements of health. Erasing the Affordable Care Act with nothing to replace it could make things much worse, say a pair of emergency medical physicians.... READ MORE

Sidney A. McPhee, MTSU President, left, helps We Haul Volunteer Graem Merritt, Sophomore, move Freshman Macie Mussleman, second from right, along with her father, Matt, into Corlew Hall Friday during We Haul. MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt

Speak Your Piece: Giving Rural College Students a (Bigger) Break

The modern college schedule seems designed to keep students from spending much time at home during the holidays. Are colleges afraid of rural students reconnecting with their families and communities?... READ MORE

Figure 1: Age-adjusted death rates among persons of all ages for four out of five leading causes of death in nonmetropolitan and metropolitan area, by year -- National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1999 - 2014.

The Top-Five Causes of Death Strike Rural Residents at a Higher Rate

People who live in nonmetropolitan counties are more likely than urban residents to die prematurely from heart disease, accidents, stroke, cancer, and respiratory disease, a new study says.... READ MORE

Ferrell's Diner is gearing up for the population-multiplying crowd that's expected to swarm the town for August's solar eclipse. Photo by Terena Bell

Hopkinsville Plans Ahead so Solar Event Doesn’t Eclipse Small-City Charm

A small city in western Kentucky will achieve astronomical fame this summer as a premiere spot for viewing the August 21 total eclipse. Hopkinsville hopes to put its best foot forward for visitors while dealing with crowds that could quadruple its population. In other words, if you want to go out for lunch in Hopkinsville the third week of August, be prepared for a long wait.... READ MORE

Photo by Lance Booth.

In the Black: A Family Affair

Gary tries his best to ignore his dad’s decision to leave the family behind. But the arrival of Jack, a flesh-and-blood reminder of his dad’s complicated home life, makes that impossible. It’s so upsetting, Gary can’t even take pleasure in plotting how to get even with the section boss.... READ MORE

Newsroom of the Alliance Times Herald of Alliance, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Crabtree)

Newsprint: Subterranean Hometown News

America's small-town newsrooms still crank out the local news for readers. Peter Crabtree captured the look and feel of these institutions as he traveled the U.S. We'll feature several of Peter's newspaper photos over the next few weeks. Here's one of our favorites.... READ MORE

The author wonders what would have happened if the Clintons had moved back to Arkansas after the President's term was up in 2001 instead of hunkering down in New York and DC. Photo by Diana Walker for Time

Speak Your Piece: Who Needs to Go North – or West or Anywhere — to the Big City?

A popular narrative in rural American is that you need to get to a big city as quickly as you can. But what would happen if we stayed in, or moved back to, the places we're from?... READ MORE

With an internet hotspot device, users are free to move about, untethered to the library or stationery internet provider. They may, for example, take time to sight-seeing the world's largest easel in Goodland, Kansas.

‘Borrowing’ the Internet: Library Program Lets Patrons Take Access Home

Families are getting online by borrowing simple cellular devices from their local libraries. After some initial success in big cities, researchers are testing the program in rural settings. The results show some promise.... READ MORE

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