Rural Health News

Lost Medicaid Dollars to top $700 Million in Montana Alone

Montana is leaving a lot of money on the table. So are other states that haven’t expanded their Medicaid program for low-income residents as the Affordable Care Act provided.

Since Jan 1, 2014, Montana has been forfeiting about $2 million per day in federal funds that could provide health insurance for around 69,000 low-income families and individuals. By Christmas of 2014, this means over $700 million has been forfeited, money that could have been supporting local hospitals and strengthening both the health and the economies of our communities.

Veterans Should Have Health Coverage

This Veteran’s Day we honor those who serve and have served our country. Veterans put their lives on the line to protect our independence, our freedom, and all the rights we hold dear. Now is the time to fight for them by ensuring they have access to health coverage.
 

Medicaid Expansion: Bring Our Tax Dollars Home

Nebraska is leaving a lot of money on the table. So are other states that haven’t expanded their Medicaid program for low-income residents as the Affordable Care Act provided.

Since Jan 1, 2014, Nebraska has been forfeiting $930,096/day in federal funds that could provide health insurance for around 59,000 low-income families and individuals. As of Oct 28, 2014, the amount of forfeited federal funds amounted to over $280 million.

Gallup Poll Shows Sharp Drop in the Uninsured Rate

Gallup, the polling and survey organization, recently reported on the nation’s uninsured rate since enrollment in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces began. The overall uninsured rate in the second quarter of 2014 (after the initial open enrollment period of the ACA) fell to an historical low.

It was the lowest quarterly average recorded since Gallup began tracking the percentage of uninsured Americans in 2008. (In the third quarter of 2013, just before the health insurance marketplaces opened, the national uninsured rate was the highest ever.)

Compassion and Care Reflect the Best Human Values

I was four when mom fell and cut her leg while gardening. After that, she had trouble walking. What I didn’t understand at the time was that rheumatoid arthritis had been slowly creeping into her joints for years. She was on her way to becoming bedridden.

Thus I began learning my way around the kitchen at age five. When I started school a year later, it was my responsibility to walk the two blocks home during lunch period and prepare a meal for mom.

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