Communicating for America knows that access to a variety of resources helps people become proactive citizens, informed voters and savvy health care consumers. The following list includes phone numbers and Web sites that offer information about a multitude of issues important to rural communities, small businesses and the agricultural industry, as well as sources of health insurance for those who have been denied coverage.
In 1980, Communicating for America helped Iowa establish the nation’s first Beginning Farmer Loan program. Today, 17 states have Aggie Bond programs, which enable lenders to use private activity bonds to offer targeted beginning farmers lower interest rates. In 1986, Communicating for America led the way in forming an organization comprised of states that operated aggie bond programs.
CA continues to serve as technical adviser on the steering committee of the National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs and continues to lobby in Washington, D.C., to help make these loan programs available to beginning farmers. Communicating for America also actively lobbies in sates that want to develop new aggie bond programs. This year, Wyoming became the newest state to pass legislation for a program.
National Council of State
Agricultural Finance Programs
The following resources provide small businesses with tax and legislative information, as well as information to help entrepreneurs start, run and grow their businesses.
IRS Small Business and
Self-Employed Tax Center
U.S. Small Business Administration
House Small Business Committee
U.S. Senate Committee on Small
Business & Entrepreneurship
High-risk pools offer a source of guaranteed coverage for those who may struggle to find health insurance due to preexisting medical conditions. Communicating for America helped Minnesota start the nation’s first high-risk pool in 1976. Since that time, an additional 34 states have added high-risk pools — many did so with CA’s help.
In 1992, CA brought together several executive directors from state high-risk pools to create the National Association of Comprehensive Health Insurance Pools (NASCHIP). NASCHIP provides educational opportunities and information for state high-risk insurance pools. Today, 34 states are represented in NASCHIP, and more than 100 people attend its annual meeting.
Call Communicating for America toll-free at 800-432-3276 for more information about high-risk pools in your state.
Visit www.naschip.org, for more information about NASCHIP.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them.
Visit www.pparx.org for more information.
Communicating for America strives to keep members informed about the organization’s efforts, as well as how they can lead healthier lifestyles and get the most from their CA membership.
As an advocate for individuals and families without affordable health care, Communicating for America has worked tirelessly for more than 40 years to help reform the American health care system. The white paper “Quality, Accessible, Affordable Health Care for All Americans” explains, in depth, our strategy for bringing about significant changes and the data supporting our actions.
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