Rural Health News

Rural Nebraska Lacks Dental Services; Nation Lacks Dental Coverage

A recent report from the University of Nebraska Medical Center highlighted the acceleration of a long-time rural health care challenge – the shortage of dental services in rural Nebraska. Access to Oral Health Care in Nebraska found that 44 counties in the state (out of 93 counties) are designated as general dentistry shortage areas. Twenty rural counties are completely without a dentist.

Healthcare and You: A Few of Your Questions Answered

As October approaches, so does the beginning of the marketplaces for health insurance provided for in the Affordable Care Act. These new health coverage marketplaces are where you can purchase affordable insurance, and find out if you qualify for subsidies. Of course, we hear many questions about how all this will work. For example:

I know my income determines whether I receive subsidies for health insurance. Is that my income before or after taxes?

Healthcare and You: A Few Questions Answered

As October rolls nearer, so does the beginning of your state’s health insurance marketplace. This marketplace is the spot for you to buy affordable insurance, and find out if you qualify for subsidies. Do you have all the information you need to make the best choice for your family?

Keep your questions coming! This month, we’ll focus on the subsidies available after Jan. 1, 2014, that will help make insurance affordable for many rural Americans.

Health Care Questions & Answers

This October, your state will unroll its new health insurance marketplace, or “exchange.” This new marketplace is where, if your employer doesn’t provide adequate health insurance, you’ll be able to shop for more affordable private insurance.

What Is the Impact of Delay in the Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate?

On July 2, 2013, a one-year delay was announced  in the penalties and reporting requirements for large businesses (50 or more employees) for providing health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Concerns and criticisms of this decision beg the question – what is the impact of delaying the health insurance shared responsibility for large businesses? The simple answer in our opinion: Not much.

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