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Arizona Rural Policy Forum Inspires Collaboration

Contributed by Erica Pederson, Communications Director with Local First Arizona.

In August, individuals representing every county in Arizona descended on Clarkdale, Arizona, for the 9th Annual Arizona Rural Policy Forum. The forum connects rural economic development specialists, nonprofits, community leaders, business owners, and other folks interested in sustaining small towns and rural communities.

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.

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