Bowdon, a small central North Dakota community, lost their grocery store some years back. Residents of Bowdon responded in a way that makes them stand out among a crowd of rural communities that have experienced the same unfortunate event.
The people of Bowdon refused to give up. They formed a cooperative, purchased shares for equity, secured financing, purchased the grocery and locker buildings, refurbished, restocked and reopened.
As Congress considers further spending cuts, several proposals target payments made to rural hospitals. Medicare currently makes limited special payments to some rural hospitals to account for the challenges of delivering care in rural areas.
The Affordable Care Act makes a basic policy statement – our health care system needs to encourage health and help people become healthier. Our newest report looks at what’s in the law for Prevention and Public Health.