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Redesigning Medicaid in Nebraska

Nebraska’s failure to participate in the new Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act has, for two years, allowed low-income, working Nebraskans to fall into a health care coverage gap that has left them economically and medically vulnerable. At least 54,000 of our friends, family members and neighbors do not qualify for Medicaid, cannot afford private insurance, and have incomes too low to qualify for tax credits in the new health insurance marketplace. Yes, you read that right… with incomes too low to qualify for coverage in the healthcare exchange.

Everyone Deserves an Awesome Burger

Kerry Hoffschneider of rural Waco, Nebraska, has a vision. She wants to increase access to fresh, healthy food; care for the land; and help her community. Kerry is working with friend and business partner Del Ficke to develop a farm business.

I met Kerry at the Center for Rural Affairs’ and University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Recipe to Reality Seminar in January. I can’t get her ideas off my mind. She and nine other women farmers and entrepreneurs met for a full-day seminar hosted by UNL’s Food Processing Center.

Save Money and Keep Warm with Energy Efficiency

Recently, I opened my curtains to look out on six inches of snow and sub-zero temperatures. I noticed a line of ice along the inside of my window sill and wondered, if ice can get in, how much heat is getting out?

The average American home loses up to 1/3 of its heat through poorly insulated windows and doors, costing American consumers millions of dollars every year. Basic “weatherization” measures that increase household energy efficiency are one of the easiest ways to save money, improve home comfort, and help protect air and water quality.

President Obama, the State of the Union (#SOTU), and Rural Poverty

Tonight, when President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to Congress and the American people, he should talk about the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in addressing poverty in rural and small-town America.

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we believe the president and Congress should seriously consider proposals to enhance the EITC. We hope the president begins that process by discussing enhancements of the EITC in the State of the Union.

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