Hospital Group Report Cites Rising Drug Costs as Threat to Rural Healthcare

While the old-fashioned general store is a stereotypical pick for the glue that holds a rural community together, a hospital can actually serve as the bonding agent that small towns need to thrive.

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Mardi Gras 2019 in NC: Crawls, Balls, Parades, and Paws

From the bustling scenes of Charlotte and the Triangle, to the sleepy seaside town of Ocean Isle Beach, up to the serene mountainous setting of Asheville, and everywhere in between, North Carolinians will soon be letting the good times roll at events across the state in celebration of Mardi Gras.

French for “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras officially occurs on March 5, but celebrations take place throughout the Tar Heel State in the weeks leading up to and after Fat Tuesday. We’ve compiled a few here that might be the perfect spot for you to get your N’awlins on.  

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College Tuition or Healthcare? N.C. Mom Chooses Her Children’s Education Over Her Own Healthcare

Olga Kennedy is busy woman. She works 7 days a week at Aqua Squad Pool and Spa Service which she owns with her husband, she’s a fulltime mom to two children, and she teaches English and general education classes at a private college in Raleigh, N.C. But despite all of her hard work and success, she still finds health insurance out of her reach. She, like so many other North Carolinians, had to make hard decisions balancing her personal health needs with her family's financial ones. In this week’s episode of “The Cost of Health,” we spoke to Olga about the hard choice she had to make between paying for healthcare for herself, or college for her daughter.

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