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In race for COVID-19 vaccinations, older residents in rural Pa. face tough obstacles

Rural counties also tend to have a larger share of older residents. About 17% of Pennsylvania’s 12.8 million residents are older than 65, Census data show. In many rural counties, older residents make up about 20% of the population.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

COVID relief brings more broadband funding to Pa., but it’s ‘tip of the iceberg’ of what’s needed

The latest coronavirus relief bill included $7 billion to expand broadband internet access, and Pennsylvania is expected to get $850 million, according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

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COVID-19 highlights rural health care disparities in Pennsylvania

Health care resources in rural Pennsylvania are stretched thin.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

Locked emergency room, no answers: Ellwood City still without hospital

No one in Ellwood City seems to know if or when the hospital will reopen, and Americore hasn’t responded to media requests.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

New budget model for rural hospitals is not a panacea for fiscal woes

A new fiscal model aimed at keeping rural hospitals solvent is expanding in Pennsylvania, though this global budgeting strategy doesn’t always prevent facilities from operating at a loss.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

Telemedicine bill passes Pa. Senate, faces hurdle in House

Health systems have widely adopted the practice of telemedicine, but insurers don’t always cover it.   

By Brett Sholtis