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Updated: 08/23/2013 08:05:32AM

Rural America and
the Affordable Care Act

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By Jon Bailey

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On October 1, 2013, many Americans will begin purchasing insurance from health insurance marketplaces. As they begin to research and purchase insurance, millions for the first time, the cost in premiums for their choice of coverage will be a major consideration. Affordability will determine the success of the primary goal of the Affordable Care Act — enrollment in health insurance exchanges to increase insurance coverage and reduce the nation’s uninsured.

The new healthcare law provides tax credits and subsidies to make health insurance more affordable for many. A new Center for Rural Affairs report (http://files.cfra.org/pdf/ACA-subsidies.pdf) summarizes these provisions, how they will work, and their importance to rural Americans.

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