Dr. Mike Henderson has delivered babies, made house calls, and tended to patients for over 30 years at the hospital in the very rural town of Childress, Texas. The next nearest hospital is over 100 miles away. In emergencies, that distance could be the difference between life and death.
The Center for Rural Affairs released a report on the one year anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act. Entitled, Health Insurance Exchanges that Work for Rural (to download the report see: http://files.cfra.org/pdf/Health-Insurance-Exchanges.pdf ), the report examines how rural Americans will benefit from the primary feature of the Act, health insurance Exchanges - competitive health insurance marketplaces that provide quality, affordable health coverage for individuals and small businesses.
Since the Affordable Care Act passed, thousands of Americans have benefited. More children can stay on the family’s health insurance; Medicare recipients pay less for prescriptions; and small businesses are receiving tax credits for providing insurance to employees. Despite this, many of us have seen our health insurance rates go up.