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May 4, 2003 Agriculture: The backbone of the MonDak Region Hemk54.oader rse n; S National Farmers Union board of recently suggested a number of remedies for ailing health care in rural America. health care facil- of medical professionals realities in many rural com- said farmers union President Frederickson. "Rural America islative attention focused specif- providing affordable and accessi- care." letter to leaders of the Senate Rural Caucus and the House Rural Health the board recommended the access and coverage - All to provide adequate and compre- health care should be explored, plans operating through the government, as well as pri- ployed health care coverage - Union supports legislation self-employed persons to deduct lth insurance, includ- deductibles, co-pays and IIII "Long distances between health care facilities and a shortage of medical profession- als are unfortunate realities in many rural communities." - Dave Frederickson long-term care, on their federal and state income tax returns. "Rural economies rely significantly on self-employed persons, including family farmers and ranchers," Frederickson explained. "The declining rural economy, especially reliant on a slumping agriculture economy, leaves many in the tenuous posi- tion of having to choose between making health insurance payments or meeting other business expenses." Medicare - Frederickson said that while Congress has worked to adjust the Medicare reimbursement payment formula, it still does not adequately compensate rural providers relative to urban providers. S x A fairer reimbursement formula would ben- efit those providers struggling to support aging populations more prevalent in rural areas, he said. In addition, the board suggest- ed adjusting the Medicare wage index to reflect communities' and hospitals' needs to compete nationally for physicians, which would help rural areas better respond to the scarcity of medical professionals. Scarcity of medical professionals - In addition to addressing the wage index inequity in Medicare reimbursement formu- las, the Farmers Union leaders suggested training programs for medical professionals be fully fimded and expanded, and addition- al incentive programs for medical profes- sionals be explored. Prescription drugs - Any prescription drug reform plan should include full rural access to prescription drugs and pharmacy servic- es, the NFU board letter said. Rural health care is one of many priorities set by NFU's board and member-delegates during its 101st anniversary convention held earlier this year in California under the theme, "Improving the Quality of Life for Rural Americans." e .asgow Glasgow will once again be hosting the state 4-H horse show. The theme for this year's show will be patterned after the 4-H Congress theme, "4-H Rocks." The Rockin It to 4-H Commit- tee has started the "rockin" in motion by assigning commit- tees. This year's state show com- mittees are partnering to host this year's show, and with the 4- H members in mind the planning committee is extending their hands to say if you are a friend of 4-H or just want to help in our community, please call the con- tact number listed below to get in touch with one of the commit- tees. Tfiis year, along with the usual horse show equine classes, there will be some new categories. Youths entered in the horseless horse project can also compete at this year's show. The horseless categories are horse photos, horse crafts, pub- lic speaking, and the rocking horse category, where the youtla can create any type of rocking horse. For more information on this year's show contact the Valley County Extension Office at 406- 228-6241. SALE PRICE Palls - For the fourth year, the Montana Association is a statewide crop sur- growing sea- survey results will be every Monday online g- News page, Crop illustrating Montana readers to a specific region to crop conditions in from each region season progress- will include updates soil moisture growth stage, crop pest problems and we began surveying four years ago, we for any sale within 75 miles of Sidney. Contnc! Linda Steinbeisser, 482-2403 or e-mail advertising @ participation," policy associ- manager for the association. "The survey has been helpful to producers, extension agents, business lead- ers and legislators." Raska said the Montana Crop Survey will be conducted Rea Market & Bake Sale Saturday, May 10 1-4 p.m. Girard Hall Homemade pie Lots of stuffi lne through harvest. Archived sur- vey results from the 2001 and 2002 crop years are also avail- able on the site. Access to Montana Market- Manager Online is available to Montana Grain Growers or Montana Stockgrowers Associa- tion members. For a trial 30-day password to the site, call 406- 761-4596. Sunday, May 4, 1 p.m., Glendive, MT Rein Estate Auction, GranmoeAuctions Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m., Glendive, MT LP Anderson Contractors, Inc Liquidation Auction, Granmoe Auctions Thursday, May 15, 2 p.m., Brockway, MT Bill Sept Land Auction, R-K Statewide Auction Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m., Watford City, ND Johnson Auction, High Plains Auction per gal, '12s" . 6' & s15. 12' sq. yd. FREE ESTIMATES & PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION Multi-Tone Plush Carpet Reg. =13.95 Quick.Step Laminate Flooring Easy care & installation Snap together No glue Northern Rockies e e e ';3 CENTER r Lashman W. Soriya, MD FACS FICS John H. Schneider, MD t ch, OO Alfred E. Avery, MD T renay J. Allen, PAC held in Eastern Montana for patient convenience. e e @ @ e sisters or Bra Uate yeur The Herald will run a 4 inch ad for $20 just before graduation. These ads can be fun, sweet, profound, whatever you want. Send or bring in your photos and personal note to be included in the ad and a check to the Herald Thursday before graduation day by 2 p.m. (Note we have most of the area senior pictures on file from the schools for our special senior tab) I'm glad you're finally graduating Love your big sis1 Congratulation order form . School Child Message Please enclose a check payable to Sidney Herald 310 2nd Ave. NE, Sidney MT 59270 482-2403 production @ e 4 L !