Rural Health News

Affordable Care Act - Keep Calm and Carry On

There has been much ado about the early failings of the federal health insurance marketplace, or exchanges. The marketplace was to launch on October 1, 2013. And it did, sort of… The online portal did not work properly and then a hue and cry went up from opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

In all the chaos, however, one overarching point was lost. Tens of millions of Americans are looking forward to an opportunity to find access to more affordable healthcare for themselves and their families through the health insurance marketplaces. 

Q&A: Health Insurance Marketplaces Open

October brought the unveiling of  the health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. You can go to the marketplace and find the health coverage that’s right for your family, discover whether you qualify for federal subsidies, and how much insurance might cost for you.

We receive many questions. For example:

I’m a small business owner with fewer than 50 full-time (or equivalent) employees. I know I’m exempt from the requirement to provide health insurance. Is there anything else I should know?

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.

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