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Rural residents grapple with shifting long-term care system

Across the nation, Americans are making tough decisions about long-term health care for themselves and their loved ones. Access to a level of care that meets their unique needs can determine if families remain together, or if their loved ones will have to move miles away.

Long-term care facilities, commonly referred to as nursing homes, are crucial to providing a level of care that many families cannot offer to their loved ones. In rural areas of our country, accessing long-term care is becoming increasingly challenging.

Nebraska’s shifting long-term care system may leave rural residents out

Consistent with the nation, rural Nebraskans are aging at a faster rate than their urban counterparts. Unfortunately, a shifting long-term care system may leave them behind. Over the last decade, 23 long-term care facilities have closed across rural areas of the state. At the same time, 753 beds were lost – indicating a troubling shift for rural Nebraskans whose well-being depends on access to long-term care.

Nebraskans take action to prepare for Medicaid expansion vote

On Sept. 13, in York and Albion, Nebraska, dozens joined community conversations about Medicaid expansion and how it could positively impact their communities. Local residents, hospital CEOs, doctors, and legislative candidates engaged with staff from the Center for Rural Affairs to ask questions and learn more about expansion. Initiative 427, the ballot initiative to expand Medicaid, will be put before Nebraska voters in November’s election.

Farm bill expiration fails young people nationwide

The farm bill is the primary method in which our government invests in rural communities across the nation – without it, our farmers would be uncertain and our communities without access to food and other crucial resources. Congress’ failure to pass a new bill, or an extension of the existing legislation, has left young people in rural areas with anxiety for the future.

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