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Medicaid Is Quality Health Coverage

Jon M. Bailey dispels some myths about Medicaid, private insurance, and the uninsured.

During the 2-year debate on expanding Medicaid to low-income people without health insurance here in Nebraska, a major anti-Medicaid argument was that it doesn’t provide quality coverage for health care needs, and low-income residents would be better off uninsured.

Four Ways to Address Income Inequity on the Rural Great Plains

Data show that rates of income inequality are high in rural counties of the Great Plains region, and generally significantly higher than urban areas of the region, particularly compared to suburban areas of the major cities of the region. This handful of policy responses can begin to address income inequality and make an economic system that works better for low-income individuals and families.

Food Environment on the Rural Great Plains

Jon M Bailey looks at food access and security in rural and non-rural counties of the Great Plains. 

Food is a major component of health and healthy living. Consumption of healthy foods and a balanced diet will limit obesity, accompanying health issues, and premature death. But not all people have equal access to healthy foods or live in a healthy food environment.

Learning Circle Expands Horizons for Women Farmers and Ranchers

Contributed by Ash Bruxvoort, a freelance writer, marketer, and beginning farmer in Mitchellville, Iowa.

More than 40 women gathered at the Prairie Plate Restaurant on Lakehouse Farm in Waverly, Nebraska, on August 5. We were there to network, share stories, and learn about resources available to beginning women farmers and ranchers.

A great mix of women attended the event. They included women who were already farming, women who were interested in buying land, and women who had never farmed before.

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