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Health Benefits In 2017: Stable Coverage, Workers Faced Considerable Variation In Costs [Web First]

The annual Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research and Educational Trust Employer Health Benefits Survey found that in 2017, average annual premiums (employer and worker contributions combined) rose 4 percent for single coverage, to $6,690,

19 September 2017 | 4:19 pm

Medicaid Expansion For Adults Had Measurable 'Welcome Mat Effects On Their Children [Medicaid & CHIP]

Before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most children in low-income families were already eligible for public insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Increased coverage observed for these ch

5 September 2017 | 7:04 pm

Most Marketplace Plans Included At Least 25 Percent Of Local-Area Physicians, But Enrollment Disparities Remained [ACA Marketplace Provider Networks]

The Affordable Care Act allows commercial insurers participating in the Marketplaces to vary the size of their provider networks as long as the providers are "sufficient" in numbers and types. Concerns have been growing over the increasing use of

5 September 2017 | 7:04 pm

Mortality In Rural China Declined As Health Insurance Coverage Increased, But No Evidence The Two Are Linked [Global Health]

Health insurance holds the promise of improving population health and survival and protecting people from catastrophic health spending. Yet evidence from lower- and middle-income countries on the impact of health insurance is limited. We investiga

5 September 2017 | 7:04 pm
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HCAN CEO addresses the Health Center Funding Cliff

September 18, 2017

Healthcare has dominated much of the political and public debate in the last twelve months.  Repeal, replace, subsidies, CSRs, who’s in and who’s out of the Marketplace, how many insurers are in a given county.  With the introduction of the Graham-Cassidy bill last week, there is one more attempt to fundamentally change how healthcare is […]


HCAN CEO Addresses Congressional Awards Concerns

April 3, 2017

By Amy Behnke, HCAN Chief Executive Officer Last week over 4,000 health center advocates gathered in Washington, DC to support the work of health centers across our country. Our Nebraska delegation took the message of protecting access to care, not only for the nearly 85,000 patients we serve each year, but for all Nebraskans who […]


Healthy & Mighty: Empowering Women and Girls to Connect to Healthcare

June 29, 2016

By Keshia Bradford, HCAN Director of Outreach & Enrollment and Strategic Initiatives On June 14, 2016, I had the privilege of being a panel presenter at the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington DC. The White House Council on Women and Girls—together with the Department of State, the Department of […]


Keshia Bradford Wins Emerging Leader Award in Washington, DC

March 30, 2016

Keshia Bradford, MPA, Director of Outreach and Enrollment & Strategic Initiatives for the Health Center Association of Nebraska (HCAN) was awarded George Washington University’s Geiger Gibson Emerging Leader Award in Washington, DC. The award was given during the National Association of Community Health Center’s Policy & Issues Forum held in Washington, DC from March 16-19, […]


Open Enrollment 3 Begins!

November 10, 2015

            Submitted by Angela Lindstrom, HCAN Integrated Marketing Director It is amazing that we find ourselves at the beginning of yet another Open Enrollment period. We wanted to take a moment and recognize all of the efforts our Nebraska Community Health Centers have done in assisting the uninsured in gaining access to affordable health insurance. Last […]


Open Enrollment 2.0 – Building Upon Success

December 16, 2014

By Angela Lindstrom, Social Marketing Director Marcus Chaffee, Director of Access Services Keshia Bradford, Director of Outreach & Enrollment   During the first Open Enrollment of the Health Insurance Marketplace, 42,975 Nebraskans were able to obtain affordable, quality health coverage. Our Nebraska Community Health    Centers played a huge role, by assisting over 12,000 people with […]


Guest Blog – “500 by the 15th” Campaign to Encourage Nebraskans to Get Health Coverage

December 8, 2014

By Guest Blogger Jeff Sheldon, Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed   Statewide health care organizations available to provide free assistance Today, community and health care organizations across Nebraska announced the kickoff of a new effort to ensure Nebraskans get vital health insurance in December. The “500 By The 15th” campaign seeks to help Nebraskans who need […]


The Health Center Association of Nebraska – Impacting Public Health by Fulfilling Its Mission

November 4, 2014

By Robbie Adams, Communications Manager, HCAN Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serve over 22 million people in more than 9,000 sites across urban, suburban, and rural America. FQHCs are particularly adept at reducing health disparities by breaking down barriers to health care such as lack of providers, lack of culturally appropriate health services, and unaffordability. Since […]


Reflecting upon the 1st Enrollment Period

April 24, 2014

By Angela Lindstrom, Social Marketing Director, HCAN  It’s hard to believe that the first open enrollment period has come and gone with millions of people now having access to health care coverage. We now have the opportunity to look back and see all that was accomplished through our health centers and really reflect upon what […]


Outreach & Enrollment

October 16, 2013

Outreach & Enrollment.  Just two words but now so much more meaningful.  From just going out into the community, Outreach now means a tireless effort to help individuals who may qualify for affordable health insurance, possibly for the very first time.  From just getting enrolled to enter a sport or a school, Enrollment now means […]