Thousands in Pittsburgh, PA Could Get Their Medical Debt Reduced or Eliminated

An estimated 24,000 Pittsburghers could soon have their medical debt reduced after City Council approved a new contract with a nonprofit group. For a cost of $1 million to the city, the partnership with the nonprofit RIP Medical Debt could alleviate about $115 million in medical debt, lawmakers estimate. Read more.

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Addressing Rural Health Inequities in Medicare

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How to Build Support for Pregnant Women, Maternal Health in Rural Areas

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Research: In Rural Areas, Latinos Face Poverty and Other Inequities

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USDA Invests $4.7 Million to Help People in Rural Pennsylvania Access Remote Education and Health Care Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Pennsylvania State Director Bob Morgan today announced that Rural Development is investing $4.7 million in seven organizations to help people in rural Pennsylvania […]
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