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Getting covered is good for families in rural Minnesota: sign up by January 15 for health insurance coverage that starts February 1!


Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Living in a rural community shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag for healthcare. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already making a difference in the lives of millions of rural Americans, including families right here in Minnesota. Prior to the ACA, many rural families had a hard time finding affordable insurance coverage, paying an average of nearly half of their costs out of their own pockets.

Today, thanks to the ACA, families in Minnesota can choose from a variety of affordable insurance plans and many will qualify for financial assistance to help them pay for coverage. To sign up, visit healthcare.gov or call 1(800)318-2596 if you need help.

Sign up between December 16 and January 15 for coverage that starts on February 1. And for those who enroll between January 16 and February 15, coverage will begin on March 1. But don’t wait too long to sign up for health insurance coverage—the last day to sign up during this open enrollment period is February 15.

Even if you already have coverage through the Marketplace, it pays to go back and review your plan. You may be able to find a plan that saves you money, offers more services, or includes more doctors. In fact, 8 in 10 current Marketplace enrollees can get coverage for $100 or less in 2015 after tax credits.

In addition to providing affordable health insurance options for rural families, the ACA also does things to address the underlying challenges to staying healthy in rural America. Insurance companies are now forbidden from denying you coverage if you have a pre-existing condition and they are required to cover preventive care. That’s good news for rural Americans who, on average, suffer from higher rates of chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure than those living in urban areas.

It also expands support for the National Health Service Corps, which offers scholarships and loan repayment to doctors and nurses in return for practicing in rural communities. More than 3,500 Corps members now serve in rural areas, and an average of 86 percent of them will remain in their communities even after completing their service. These investments help keep a steady stream of young, motivated doctors and nurses in rural America. That’s a good thing because while one in five Americans lives in a rural community, just ten percen .....
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Red Cross blood donation opportunities

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January. National Blood Donor Month recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while ..... 
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MNsure site issues

By Marvin Eggert

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Monday is the deadline for signing up for insurance through MNsure. I would like to provide a customer perspective on how the site is performing this year. Based on press reports related to failures of the service in 2013, MNsure replaced upper le ..... 
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Goal exceeded by nine at Harmony blood drive

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Thank you to all the donors who contributed to the success of the bloodmobile held in Harmony on December 2, 2014. Our goal for the day was 38, and with 48 donors presenting (including three first-time donors), we succeeded in collecting 47 units. I ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on December 2

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typi ..... 
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Celebrating National Homecare Month

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Good Samaritan Society Home Care of Preston is happy to be celebrating in the month of November not only National Homecare month, but also the ongoing 20 year celebration of their existence. This service which was somewhat unique in 1994 is more the ..... 
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Simply dial 2-1-1. Get connected, get answers

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Great Rivers 2-1-1 Always Here for Support The winter holiday season in the Midwest is a truly beautiful time as communities put up their lights and decorations and the snow creates lovely winter scenes. For most people this is a time of exciteme ..... 
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Walk-in flu shot and mist clinic

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health director Lantha Stevens notes, “Now is still a great time to get a flu shot or flu mist to protect you and your family from illness this winter. Anyone over age six months can get vaccinated for the flu and it is one ..... 
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Flu shots and mist available

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months obtain a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it offered. This is especially true for people who care for children under age six months and people ..... 
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