Rural Health News

8 Facts You Should Know about Medicaid & Rural America

Medicaid provides long-term care for millions of seniors, helps people with disabilities live independently, and provides health coverage so children can see a doctor when they get sick. A new Center for Rural Affairs report – Medicaid and Rural America – examines the vital role Medicaid plays in rural areas.

Ask the Candidate: Rural Health Care Questions

Right now you have more access to candidates and elected officials than usual. They are campaigning for your vote in November. This is your chance to ask about issues you care about. On rural health care, these are a few important questions to ask.

Affordable Care Act: What it can do for you

What has the Affordable Care Act done for you? So far, some nifty provisions have helped numerous folk, like extending coverage of dependents until age 26.

In my life, it’s affected my family. Both my brothers were able to stay on my parent’s health care plan. They could afford health care and to work on the home farm, instead of taking jobs in town. I certainly have appreciated seeing my brothers happy, and working at jobs they love, instead of miserable, insured on a plan that covers little and eats up paychecks.

Health Care Law Protects Consumers

An estimated 9 million Americans could receive rebates from their health insurers in 2012. Will you be one of them?

The 2010 Affordable Care Act protects consumers by requiring health insurance companies to spend between 80-85 percent of your premium dollar on medical care or improvements, instead of on advertising or executive salaries. The term used for this rule is “medical loss ratio,” and it protects consumers from insurers who increase prices without good reason or justification.

EPA Regulations Usher in Industry Change

Two new regulations handed down by the Environmental Protection Agency will have a significant impact on the energy industry in 2012 – and beyond.

The Clean Air Act is already one of the most successful public health programs in American history, with a return of more than $30 in benefits for every dollar invested in pollution reductions. In 2010 alone the program prevented an esti¬mated 160,000 cases of premature mortality, 130,000 heart attacks, 86,000 hospital visits, 13 million lost work days, and approximately 1.7 million asthma attacks.


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