The History of Health Policy at the Center for Rural Affairs

Health Policy at the Center for Rural Affairs

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Health Care & the Center: A history of these issues at the Center for Rural Affairs.

Health Care & Rural America: A research report laying out our principles for reform.

The Center for Rural Affairs history in health policy began in 1994 with a task force of rural health professionals, farmers, small business owners, religious leaders and other rural residents studying rural health care access. The task force found that the self-employed and working poor, disproportionately represented in rural areas, are not well served by the health care system. It recommended a greater role for non-physician health professionals, expanded regional health care planning and public health services in Nebraska, and reforms to health care networks to meet the unique circumstances of remote rural areas. A PDF of their report is available here.

In 2005, we published Health Care in Rural America, a policy brief examining disparities in health care access between rural and non-rural areas.

Access Project Reports

The Center for Rural Affairs assisted The Access Project and acted as a resource for a series of issue briefs based on surveys of farm and ranch operators in seven Great Plains states; the results of the surveys find that many farm and ranch operators face burdensome health care costs that threaten their future financial well-being. You can download the three briefs below:

Issue Brief 1: Overview of Findings
Issue Brief 2: How Farmers and Ranchers Get Health Insurance and What They Spend for Health Care
Issue Brief 3: Who Experiences Financial Hardship Because of Health Care Costs?

Other Releated Reports, Newsletter Articles and Writing

Addressing Rural Mental Health

Church Role in Mental Health for Rural Communities

Health Care Challenges for Small and Micro Businesses
Issue Brief Version

Taking Care of Our Own: A Good Mental Health Model

Government Panel Recommends Universal Health Care Coverage

Health Insurance for Farmers

Studies Find Life Expectancy for Rural Women Declining

Child Health Care Rankings
Fixing the Broken Health Care System


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