Rural Health News

Affordable Care Act provisions are still intact, open enrollment ends today

As I sit and write my second blog post (see the first here), I think about all that has happened since my previous post. Open Enrollment for plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace is coming to a close, and the deadline to enroll is 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2017. Social media, television and printed press has been flooded with news about the new administration and what’s in store for our nation over the next several years. We’ve had the inauguration ceremony, and our new President has been sworn into office.

Top 5 of 2016: Rural Hospitals Closing at Rate of 1 Per Month

At an early age, Executive Director Brian Depew learned to care about his community and the world around him. In our second highest viewed post of 2016, Brian shares what we can do to keep our rural hospitals open and serving local residents

Rural Hospitals Closing at Rate of 1 Per Month

Rural hospitals have been closing at a rate of nearly 1 per month since 2010. The Southeast has been especially hard hit, as the map below shows.

Health care in uncertain times

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, has not always been an agreeable issue. Some say it is expensive, while others say their lives have been saved by access to health insurance.

By looking at the numbers, we can see that the health care law is a tremendous benefit to this country.

Field navigators are trained to help people understand the basics of health insurance

“What in the world is a field navigator?” This is a question my family and friends asked me in October 2013, and I still get this question from people in my life and from those I encounter on a weekly basis. “Oh, you help people get insurance,” they say. Well, yes that’s part of what I do. However, there’s so much more.

Across the United States there are individuals called “assisters.” Community Action of Nebraska (CAN) applied for and received a federal grant that was disbursed to its agencies to employ assisters called “navigators.” I am employed with Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Inc. (NENCAP), and use the title “field navigator” in the work I do across Northeast Nebraska.

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