Health Care Reform: What's in it for Prevention and Public Health?

Chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cancer, strokes and diabetes are responsible for 7 of 10 American deaths each year and 75% of the nation’s health spending. Rural residents experience these diseases in greater numbers and have greater rates of engaging in behaviors that can lead to chronic conditions and poor health.

Little recognized provisions of the Affordable Care Act seek to change the health care system by placing a greater emphasis on health and by promoting strategies that will help create healthier people and healthier communities. Read more about Health Care Reform: What's in it for Prevention and Public Health?

Principles for a Nebraska Health Insurance Exchange: Governance & Oversight

An outline of principles for effective governance and oversight of Nebraska’s new health insurance marketplace - the Nebraska Health Insurance Exchange. The exchange will serve as a one-stop-shop where individuals and businesses can shop for affordable, high-quality health care coverage or enroll in public benefits. Eight organizations released the paper. Read more about Principles for a Nebraska Health Insurance Exchange: Governance & Oversight

Heath Care Reform: What's in it for Rural Young Adults?

The Affordable Care Act includes significant benefits for young adults in rural communities. With increased access to health insurance, young adults will be able to choose the places they live and the work they pursue, without limitations of how or where to find health insurance. This report examines provisions of the law that benefit young people and the rural places they call home. Read more about Heath Care Reform: What's in it for Rural Young Adults?

REAP Newsletter Summer 2011

Access to Capital Key for Small Businesses Finding Success
Many banks have either steered away from small business lending or have severely tightened their credit standards. It’s no secret small business lending is very risky in normal times. Programs like REAP assist entrepreneurs in finding traditional and non-traditional sources of income. Read more about REAP Newsletter Summer 2011

Principles for a Nebraska Health Insurance Exchange

The health insurance exchange is a central feature of the Affordable Care Act, and will serve as a one-stop-shop where individuals and businesses can find affordable coverage in a competitive marketplace. Nine Nebraska organizations co-sponsored this report outlining principles for an effective, high-quality health insurance exchange that ensures quality, affordable health care will be available to all Nebraskans. Read more about Principles for a Nebraska Health Insurance Exchange

REAP Newsletter Spring 2011

Finding the Break-even Point of Your Business Key to Protecting Success
It’s critical for a business owner to know how much it costs to produce a product or service. How else can he or she create a profitable business? Pam Newman, an entrepreneur and columnist for Entrepreneur.com, outlines five essential steps to understand pricing and ensure profitability.

Inside:
REAP Makes Strategic Changes
Disaster Preparedness Lessens Damage
2011 MarketPlace Entrepreneur Event
Spotlight on Business: Shelly Burke
REAP Annual Awards Read more about REAP Newsletter Spring 2011

Health Care Reform: Exchanges that Work for Rural

One of the primary features of the Affordable Care Act law is the creation of health insurance exchanges. An Exchange is an insurance marketplace with the goal to help individuals and small businesses access affordable and quality health insurance. This report examines important rural issues and considerations in health insurance Exchanges. Read more about Health Care Reform: Exchanges that Work for Rural

REAP Newsletter Winter 2011

Entrepreneurs Considering Basic Insurance Options to Protect Assets
Are you an entrepreneur eager to market your idea or product? One of the things you need to put on the top of your list is the type of insurance you need to protect your business, your product liability and the public.

Inside:
Networking/Business Opportunities at Nebraska MarketPlace
Social Media Offers Marketing Tool for Small Business
Tour Shows Effect of Microenterprise Act
Changes in Tax Law for 2010 and Beyond
Spotlight on Business-Caravan Skate Shop Read more about REAP Newsletter Winter 2011

REAP Newsletter Fall 2010

Use Projections to Determine if Your Business Idea Is Feasible
Look for specific kinds of data: market size, demographics, company revenues, industry trends and forecasts.

It’s always advisable to assess if a business is feasible, but in these economic times, it’s essential to do research and make the best decisions for your business or potential business. When REAP staff work with business owners, it’s often the financial projections that are the most difficult to predict with any accuracy. Read more about REAP Newsletter Fall 2010

REAP Newsletter Summer 2010

A Remarkable Year for an Enterprising Couple: Brad & Gina Babb
It has been quite a year for the owners of Sandhills Glass and Garage Doors, Brad and Gina Babb from Ord, Nebraska. From receiving a major award in February, to starring in a documentary video (as one of four businesses chosen nationwide), to addressing over 600 people at a national conference in Washington DC – it’s been a whirlwind start to 2010. Read more about REAP Newsletter Summer 2010

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