Weekly Column

Questions about the Wilds of the Affordable Care Act

With another provision of the Affordable Care Act being implemented - new healthcare marketplaces, or “exchanges” are set to come online October 1st - we’ve been hearing many questions. For example...

 

Are families who can’t afford the employer provided health insurance eligible for subsidies through the new health insurance marketplace?

Rural Areas Lacking Dentists

Rural America has too few dentists, and some counties have no dental services at all. A recent University of Nebraska Medical Center study that focused on that state reflects a problem found across rural America. Further complicating the shortage of dental care is the fact that many dentists in rural areas are nearing retirement.

The exodus of soon to retire dentists from rural practice will further accelerate the situation. Sadly, too few dentists are being educated to replace them. Even fewer are trained to handle unique, rural dental challenges.

Op-Ed: Other utilities should buy wind energy

The Midwest gains a lot from investing in wind energy. It is a homegrown resource, and it's abundant -- Nebraska ranks third in the nation for wind energy potential.

Wind energy also offers new jobs -- in manufacturing, construction and services -- and is a welcome source of revenue for communities and landowners that host projects.

When all is said and done, investing in wind energy carries a lot of benefits that utilities and customers should want to promote and take advantage of at the same time.

Op-Ed: Transmission project supported

Recently the Nebraska Public Power District held a series of hearings to discuss a new transmission project planned for northeast Nebraska. The 40 mile line, stretching from the Hoskins area to a new substation near Neligh, is designed to improve reliability in a part of the state hit hard by the drought.

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