Rural Health News

Some Good News for Small Business Tax Season

The Small Business Jobs Act, signed by President Obama on September 27, 2010, includes a particularly noteworthy provision, a one-year deduction of health care costs for sole-proprietors on their 2010 tax returns. While it's only temporary relief from skyrocketing health insurance premiums that farmers, ranchers and mainstreet businesses have been saddled with the last decade, it's a first step and a foot in the door.

Relief for Rural Americans

There are lots of opinions about health care reform. Few of us understand it all, and recent polling demonstrates that a fair percentage of Americans are not certain the legislation passed. Nonetheless, September 23, 2010 marked six months since it was signed into law.

Are you eligible for a high risk insurance pool?

Several states are accepting applications for a new high risk health insurance pool. These insurance plans cover people who have been without health insurance for at least six months and have been denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition. The high risk pools, authorized by health care reform legislation that passed in March 2010, serve as a bridge to the insurance marketplace that will be established in 2014. At that time, insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage or charge higher rates based on pre-existing conditions.

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