|Jane Yule, nurse practitioner and rural health advocate. Source: Kat Shiffler
Jane Yule is a nurse practitioner working in rural Nebraska. I met Jane at a recent public meeting about health care exchanges – something she hopes will make a difference in the lives of her uninsured patients.
We learned that they’ll work similar to a farmers market: a neutral place where insurers lay out their plans and consumers shop and compare. The goal is universal access to high-quality, affordable insurance.
“As individuals we don’t have any leverage at all in terms of marketplace competition to get better rates,” she said. Jane is hoping the exchange will push down prices and give her patients some options. Often small businesses and the self-employed simply can’t afford the costs of private insurance.