Vilsack on National Rural Health Day

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s a good day to celebrate National Rural Health Day, “As a result of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we are seeing a reduction in the level of uninsured people in rural America.” And, he says there are other benefits, “Now, 3,500 people throughout rural America providing… Read more »

Farmer says ACA is not affordable for her

A Michigan farmer says the Affordable Care Act is not affordable for her and will double her families’ health care premiums while tripling their deductible.  Theresa Zaluckyj  farms with her husband and two sons in Coloma, Michigan.  They grow corn and soybeans on 2,ooo acres.  She tells Brownfield Ag News she’s always made sure her… Read more »

Rural health care and the new law

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with its broader health care coverage is going to help rural Americans. Vilsack says, “There are a lot of benefits in this law to folks who live in rural areas and obviously we want folks to take advantage of it. They… Read more »

Vilsack says ACA helping rural Americans

In an exclusive interview with Brownfield Ag News, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with its broader health care coverage is going to help rural Americans.  Vilsack says,  “There are a lot of benefits in this law to folks who live in rural areas and obviously we… Read more »

Postal proposal could have been worse

The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to cut mail delivery on Saturdays and that could overly burden rural Americans, especially senior citizens according to Rhonda Perry, program director of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center. She concedes that the proposal could have been worse. Perry tells Brownfield Ag News, “I do think that there were earlier… Read more »

Noem against postal plan due to rural concerns

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she does not support the US Postal Service’s plan to cut back mail delivery on Saturdays. With South Dakota being a rural state, she says the postal service should review all available options before making decisions that “affect South Dakotans and the rest of rural America.” The proposal would… Read more »

Rural group concerned over postal cuts

The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to cut mail delivery on Saturdays and that could overly burden rural Americans, especially senior citizens. Rhonda Perry is program director of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center. She concedes that the proposal could have been worse.  Perry tells Brownfield Ag News, “I do think that there were earlier… Read more »

Rural health care programs extended in fiscal cliff fix

Several rural health care programs were extended in the fiscal cliff bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama that also extended the farm bill for one year. Garrett Hawkins, national legislative director for the Missouri Farm Bureau, tells Brownfield Ag News that the Low-Volume Hospital Program and the Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program have also… Read more »

Rural health care programs in fiscal cliff bill

There’s not been much talk about it but several rural health care programs were extended in the fiscal cliff bill passed by Congress that also extended the farm bill for one year.  Garrett Hawkins, national legislative director for the Missouri Farm Bureau, tells Brownfield Ag News that the Low-Volume Hospital Program and the Medicare-Dependent Hospital… Read more »

Rural medical program towns selected

Five South Dakota towns have been chosen for the first clinical sites for the University of South Dakota’s medical school to expand health care into rural areas. The Sanford School of Medicine’s Frontier and Rural Medicine or FARM program has picked Milbank, Mobridge, Winner, Platte and Parkston – each town has fewer than 10-thousand people…. Read more »