Rural Health News

New This Fall: Free Women’s Health Care Services

If you’re a woman, you probably pay more for health care than most men. Women visit their physicians on a more regular basis, but they’re also much less likely than men to have health insurance. The result? Almost half of all American women currently delay or avoid seeking needed care because of cost.

That is changing thanks to new measures in the Affordable Care Act. Beginning August 1, new or renewing insurance policies must provide eight women’s health services without co-payment, co-insurance, or a deductible. They include:

How I Bought Health Insurance Using

I’ve been talking to some of you on the phone lately, asking questions like: Have you or any of your family members ever been denied health insurance? What’s your coverage like? How have your rates changed over time?

We’re curious about real health care stories from rural America because they reveal the everyday reality behind the national health care debate. Today, I’ll share mine.

Colorado Launches Health Insurance Co-op

If you are a farmer or rancher or live in a small town, chances are you’ve used a co-op to get a better deal or better service. Imagine if this model could be applied to your health insurance provider. Starting in 2014, Colorado residents can purchase health insurance through the Colorado Health Insurance Co-op, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

Growing Your Own Health Care: Exciting Opportunities for Students and Communities

Health care. Two words you’ve probably heard a lot lately. But if you live in a rural place, you know that health care isn’t always easy to access. There’s a long distance between you and the clinic; often a lack of medical professionals close by. How many small towns still have their own pharmacist or dentist anymore?

One initiative in Nebraska -- the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) -- is approaching this challenge by ‘growing their own’.


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