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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.

New Program for an Old Problem

For many rural folks, colder weather means higher energy costs. It’s the time of year when energy efficiency and conservation can make the biggest difference. As you search for ways to save money while keeping the house warm, consider taking a long look at your local utility.

That’s because Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the first loans under a new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program. These loans can be used by rural electric cooperatives across the country to invest in techniques and technologies that can reduce energy use.

Property Taxes and Renewable Energy

This is the third installment in our series of articles from our friend and writer, Loren Flaugh, who lives in Central Iowa. We call his series the Primer on Renewable Energy and Transmission. Loren is a born storyteller, as you’ll see in his look at county property taxes and wind farms.

Rural America: It’s Complicated, Really Complicated

There are two closely held, and widely believed, narratives about rural America.

The narrative in the national media is a fatalist one. Rural places are dying. The people are leaving.

This narrative has roots in the farm crisis. It lives on strong at the Brookings Institute and on the pages of The New York Times. It is fueled by demographic trends that show decades of population decline across many areas of the nation.

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