May 20, 2021
CDC: Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Between Urban and Rural Counties. In the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC collected data on vaccine doses administered across the rural-urban continuum and found that coverage was lower overall, among all age groups, and among men and women in rural compared with urban counties.
GAO on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity for Rural Areas. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) researches Federal government operations and reports fact-based, non-partisan information. This report notes that data collected for federal maternal health programs isn’t always separated and analyzed for rural and underserved areas, and provides an update on recommendations GAO made to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
CRS Insight on 5G Fund for Rural America. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides objective policy and legal analysis to committees and members of the U.S. House and Senate. This brief describes legislation and activity carried out by the Federal Communications Commission to provide up to $8 billion over the next 10 years to bring voice and broadband service to rural areas.