Health Insurance Woes Add To The Risky Business Of Farming

Taylor Hutchinson says having subsidized health care costs has been critical to being able to start a farm with her partner, Jake Mendell.

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Taylor Hutchinson says having subsidized health care costs has been critical to being able to start a farm with her partner, Jake Mendell.

Kathleen Masterson/Vermont Public Radio

There are many challenges to farming for a living: It’s often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that’s often ignored is the cost of health care.

A University of Vermont researcher found that nationally, most farmers cited health care costs as a top concern.

Shoshanah Inwood is a rural sociologist at UVM. She has been studying the aging and shrinking farm population, and what components are needed to build a prosperous farm economy.

Inwood says she hadn’t thought about health care in particular as a factor until she conducted an unrelated survey in 2007 of farmers working the land in areas facing population growth and development pressures. The

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/21/515196225/health-insurance-woes-add-to-the-risky-business-of-farming?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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