Already on the margins of income, new farmers face an especially challenging prospect when it comes to budgeting for health insurance.
The good people over at Vermont Public Radio recently did a show on the difficulties of trying to navigate the world of health care for farmer businesses.
UVM rural sociologist and researcher Shoshanah Inwood says when they asked farmers about issues they faced she expected to hear about cost of land, inputs, neighbors, but was surprised to learn that health care was on all the participants minds.
“The number one issue facing farmers was the cost of health insurance. They identified that as the biggest threat to their farm,” she said.
“Well, how many people know a farmer that has an injury? Or a farm family that has a chronic health issue? Or a mental health issue?’ And everybody’s hand goes up,” Inwood said. “And that’s the one issue we really never talk about, are some of those social needs that farm families have.”
Let’s just say this now: health care as a right not a privilege!
You can hear the VPR interview with farmer Taylor Hutchinson (Footprint Farm) and read the full article here
We are so grateful to Shoshana Inwood, an assistant professor at UVM, for drawing attention to the struggles that young farmers face when it comes to procuring health care and starting a family. This won’t be news to any farmers in the audience, but it is worth sharing widely to raise more awareness– especially with Congress reeling to repeal the ACA. We stand to lose what little access to health care we already have. Motivated? Call your senator today!
An organization that began in the summer of 2009, out of the recognition that young people’s voices were not being heard in the debate over health care reform. Co-Founders Ari Matusiak and Aaron Smith and a few friends wanted to change that. So they put up a one page website, asking young people to share their stories, believing in their generation’s capacity to stand up and make itself heard.
Getting Covered is a campaign to inform young adults and their families about dependent coverage, the provision in the new health care law that allows young adults to stay on their parent’s plan until age 26. This provision is important. It alone has the potential to cover over 2 million of our nation’s 18.9 million uninsured young adults. And it will not add a single dollar to state or federal budgets. Getting Covered will ensure that all young adults, parents and families have the information they need to take advantage of this benefit. (more…)
Thanks to Aspiring farmer Sarah for sending us this link! In her words, “The NY Center for Agricultural Medicine has a lot of resources about preventing injury on farms and how to best cope with farm-related disease and injury. They have some resources in Spanish and Creole as well as a wide variety of brochures and fact sheets in English. ”
the farming season is long and leaves lots of impressions. young farmers often eat like kings and get more sunshine than anyone, but the fact is we put our bodies on the line. your young farmer body needs protection! Our hugely muddled and expensive healthcare system doesn’t meet the need for a growing rank of growers, so we have to speak up. Please tell greenhorns your experiences with staying healthy as a farmer. Here is some inspiration from a doctor who we wish was in charge: http://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/421/vital_signs