Rural Health News

How I Bought Health Insurance Using HealthCare.gov

I’ve been talking to some of you on the phone lately, asking questions like: Have you or any of your family members ever been denied health insurance? What’s your coverage like? How have your rates changed over time?

We’re curious about real health care stories from rural America because they reveal the everyday reality behind the national health care debate. Today, I’ll share mine.

Colorado Launches Health Insurance Co-op

If you are a farmer or rancher or live in a small town, chances are you’ve used a co-op to get a better deal or better service. Imagine if this model could be applied to your health insurance provider. Starting in 2014, Colorado residents can purchase health insurance through the Colorado Health Insurance Co-op, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

Growing Your Own Health Care: Exciting Opportunities for Students and Communities

Health care. Two words you’ve probably heard a lot lately. But if you live in a rural place, you know that health care isn’t always easy to access. There’s a long distance between you and the clinic; often a lack of medical professionals close by. How many small towns still have their own pharmacist or dentist anymore?

One initiative in Nebraska -- the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) -- is approaching this challenge by ‘growing their own’.

Will Health Insurance Exchanges Be Worth the Wait?

Jane Yule is a nurse practitioner working in rural Nebraska. She became interested in health care reform because so many of her patients are uninsured. “I actually thought that when the health care law passed everyone just magically got insurance,” she said. But the reality, she learned, is a little more complicated.

When Preexisting Conditions (That You Didn’t Know You Had) Keep You From Living Your (Rural) Life

Suzanne didn’t know she had preexisting conditions until she was denied health insurance. An Iowa farmer, the thought of being uninsured was hard enough, but Suzanne was pregnant.

Her health record was clear, except for a miscarriage and some minor jaw pain. The issue was resolved and did not surface again until she quit her job as a teacher to farm full-time. When she applied to be included in her husband’s independent insurance policy, she was denied.

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