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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 25, 2014

Health insurance workshop for farm families scheduled for March 20

Mar 06, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides important benefits for farm families: expanded coverage, a greater choice of insurance providers, and tax credits for small employers that offer coverage to their employees.

With new options and requirements in health care, farm families are invited to attend a free workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The workshop will help farm families understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects them as consumers making health care decisions for their families and as employers of farm workers.

The workshop will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the Washington County Extension office. Pre-registrations are requested by calling the Washington County Extension office at 319-653-4811.

Farmers are affected by ACA regulations in two ways. First, farm families, like other Americans, are consumers who will be making health care decisions for their families. Second, many farmers employ farm workers on a temporary (seasonal) or permanent basis and may be affected by the Affordable Care Act employer mandate provisions.

Through “You and Health Insurance: Making a Smart Choice for Farm Families” workshop, attendees will increase their knowledge and understanding of:

• how the ACA affects farm workers;

• features of the ACA including the individual and employer mandates, how the Marketplace functions, eligibility for the Marketplace, essential benefits, and ways to lower health plan costs (e.g., premium tax credits, cost-sharing reductions);

• resources to provide additional information about the ACA and health care decision-making; and

• action steps to apply information about the ACA and health insurance to their lives as consumers and employers.

“This program is about helping farm families understand their options given the changes in the health care law,” says Mary Weinand, family finance specialist of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The You and Health Insurance: Making a Smart Choice for Farm Families workshop is funded through 1311 grant funds from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant. For information about the local Health Insurance Marketplace workshop March 20, contact the Washington ISU Extension and Outreach office at 319-653-4811 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/Washington.

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