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Hemingford: Better Food, Same Cost

Earlier we reported on the Hemingford, Nebraska, public schools transition from a “warm and serve” kitchen to a “made from scratch” operation. The spark for the move came when school nurse Judy Stewart was teaching the nutrition section of her health class.

The change has been a big hit at the school. It may surprise you to learn that Judy’s pretty sure it will have a positive return on the balance sheet as well.

Rural Rockstar: Dan Hromas, Veteran Beginning Farmer, Receives Sustainable Agriculture Award

Dan Hromas of York, Nebraska, is the recipient of the Center for Rural Affairs’ 2014 Bob Steffen Pioneer Award. It honors his integrity, leadership, and extraordinary efforts in sustainable agriculture.

This beginning farmer exemplifies service to his community of veterans and neighbors. He returned from duty after 20 years of service in the military, and decided he wanted to farm and work for himself. But he couldn’t afford land or cows, so he started with chickens.

Medicaid Expansion Will Save Lives

Nebraska’s LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, would provide health insurance coverage through the state’s Medicaid program to those in the coverage gap. People fall into the gap when they make too much income to qualify for traditional Medicaid coverage but not enough to qualify for premium assistance tax credits through the health insurance marketplace, and they lack access to employer-provided insurance.

HELP Act Won't Bust Budget

Other states have found their initiatives to expand Medicaid similar to Montana’s SB 405, the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act, have produced significant budget savings. Providing health insurance for low-income, working Montanans will result in state budget savings and economic growth.
 
Kentucky estimates their expanded Medicaid program will result in net state budget savings of $820 million from state fiscal year 2014 to state fiscal year 2021. And Arkansas estimates savings of $370 million during that time.
 

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