In rural areas hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, officials struggle to estimate the problem’s scope and the resources needed to alleviate it.  

“If you want to watch a rural community die, kill its hospital.” When rural hospitals close, the effects are devastating. The June 2014 closure of Lower Oconee Community Hospital in Glenwood, Georgia was followed by the shut down of the bank, the pharmacy and, this August,…

A rare-disease exclusion in the Affordable Care Act is making it difficult for rural hospitals to keep costly, lifesaving drugs in stock. Though the ACA folded rural hospitals into a federal program that discounts drugs for hospitals with primarily low-income patients, the…

In a wide-ranging interview with The Atlantic, Nobel laureate and emeritus Princeton economist Angus Deaton discusses whether the poor might be better off living, say, in a Bangladeshi village versus a rural region of the US, like the Mississippi Delta, or in a suburban…