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Rural residents grapple with shifting long-term care system

Across the nation, Americans are making tough decisions about long-term health care for themselves and their loved ones. Access to a level of care that meets their unique needs can determine if families remain together, or if their loved ones will have to move miles away.

Long-term care facilities, commonly referred to as nursing homes, are crucial to providing a level of care that many families cannot offer to their loved ones. In rural areas of our country, accessing long-term care is becoming increasingly challenging.

Small business a plan for one couple following years of military service

Did you know that nearly 1 in 10 small businesses in the U.S. is owned by a veteran? Together, they employ nearly 5 million American workers and produce more than $1 trillion in sales every year.

Last week was National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 5 to 9, and we recognize those who serve, their important role in our economy, and their contributions to rural America.

Farm bill expiration puts up unnecessary roadblocks for rural America

Our country’s foremost piece of agricultural legislation, the farm bill, has expired. The need for preservation of soil health and water quality has never been more important, uncertainty in farm country is high, and rural entrepreneurs need our assistance – but Congress has yet to reach an agreement on a final farm bill.

Nebraska’s shifting long-term care system may leave rural residents out

Consistent with the nation, rural Nebraskans are aging at a faster rate than their urban counterparts. Unfortunately, a shifting long-term care system may leave them behind. Over the last decade, 23 long-term care facilities have closed across rural areas of the state. At the same time, 753 beds were lost – indicating a troubling shift for rural Nebraskans whose well-being depends on access to long-term care.

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