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Stories from the coverage gap: Linda teeters on the edge

Knock. Knock. Linda, a retired woman in her sixties, comes to the front door of her rural Nebraska home on a rainy, summer day. She offered to let me in, wondering what had me out in the poor weather.

The door was just one that I approached when the Center for Rural Affairs joined the effort in gathering signatures for a petition to put Medicaid expansion on the public ballot. Our organization helped gather 105,000 signatures, and now Initiative 427 will be put before Nebraskans in a matter of days.

What if you vote yes on Medicaid expansion

For seven years, rural Nebraskans in the health insurance coverage gap have heard all the what if scenarios around Medicaid expansion. At the same time, they have dealt with the what ifs of purchasing their heart medication or putting food on the table. On Nov. 6, voters will have the chance to decide the best scenario for Nebraskans when they vote on Initiative 427.

Rosa Maria realizes her dreams with help of the Center for Rural Affairs

Keep your body, mind, and soul in harmony.

This is something Rosa Maria Brooks takes to heart when running her business, Rosa Maria’s Wellness Spirit Of Healing And Astrology Center, LLC.

More than just a day spa, the mission of the business is “to help people create and maintain an optimal lifestyle, supporting, inspiring, and encouraging through therapeutic massage and other tools, safely and easily, with the use of noninvasive technology.”

“When someone walks into my business, they can feel the spirit and the mind relax,” said Rosa Maria.

Conservation programs encourage long-term sustainability

Congress, whether through dysfunction, neglect or some combination, has allowed the Farm Bill to expire.

This failure to act, besides leaving thousands of farmers and related businesses in limbo for planning purposes, has frozen conservation programs and all associated funding. The most important of those is in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), which is a comprehensive, working lands incentivized approach to resource conservation.

Health care coverage for half million to be decided this November

This November, voters in Idaho, Nebraska, Montana, and Utah will decide whether to extend health insurance coverage to a combined half million hardworking, low-income Americans. These people fall into the coverage gap – meaning they earn too little to qualify for subsidies to purchase coverage from the insurance marketplace and too much to be eligible for Medicaid.

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