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Get Covered! Your Guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace

Mixed with all the holiday marketing, you are probably being constantly reminded that you need to have health insurance. If you have health insurance through your employer, if you are enrolled in Medicare, or if you have veterans health insurance, no need to worry – you are covered and meet the Affordable Care Act’s legal requirements.

Rural People on the Front Lines of Climate Change

These past few weeks Center for Rural Affairs staff have been busy talking to rural people about climate change.

The economic health and vitality of rural communities is closely tied to industries dependent on a stable climate, like farming, ranching, forestry, and tourism. These industries employ rural people and keep our communities viable.

Boosting Entrepreneurship in Rural America

In rural and small town America, the best way to create jobs and expand economic opportunity is fostering entrepreneurship and small business. On America’s country roads that means value added agriculture and niche marketing. Such entrepreneurship keeps wealth in rural communities, enhances farm and ranch profitability, revives rural mainstreets and helps young families get a start in agriculture.

Warm Drive, Beautiful Lights!

The days leading up to Christmas for my family centered around lights. Flashlights, as we fed livestock on winter evenings when going outside after five meant going out in the dark. Headlights, as we stood at the end of our driveway in pre-dawn hours, awaiting the warmth found on the school bus. Starlight, as we looked up at bright, twinkling stars in the blackness of a clear winter sky, untainted by city lights.

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