Rural Health News

How Does Health Insurance Affect Farmers and Ranchers?

That's a question a team of researchers and extension specialists are asking farmers and ranchers in 10 states. Team members are seeking 120 farmers and ranchers to interview about the unique health insurance needs of farm families.

If you are a farmer or rancher in Washington, California, Utah, Nebraska, Michigan, Kentucky, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Vermont, or Massachusetts, you could participate in this paid research study and help shape rural health policy.

Health Insurance Coverage Gap Remains

The Transitional Health Insurance Program, LB 1032, failed to pass this year. But that doesn’t change the fact that nearly 100,000 Nebraskans still do not have a solution.

Almost 100,000 of our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members go without health insurance because they make too much to qualify for Medicaid, and too little to qualify for assistance to purchase health insurance through the exchange. Those that have health insurance pay more because so many go without.

Cost Matters When it Comes to Health Insurance

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we often talk about the financial consequences of Medicaid expansion from the perspective of the greater community. We focus on savings to hospitals, businesses, and state and local budgets. But how does it affect the bank account of those paying the bills?

Board member Carol Schooley wanted to make sure she understood this side of the equation before showing her support for a bill to expand Medicaid in Nebraska. She asked us to break down the numbers and show our work. The results are below.

Page Memorial Hospital: Where Things Are Looking Up

We recently posted an article by Brian Depew on rural hospitals closures across the country. We used the photo of Page Memorial Hospital in rural Virginia. Today we received a very polite note from Carol Weare, Public Relations Manager for Valley Health in Winchester, Virginia.

Carol said: "We were a little surprised to see a photo of one of our not-for-profit hospitals framed up under your blog post, 'Rural Hospitals Closing at Rate of 1 Per Month.'

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