Smart Choice-The affordable Care Act (ACA)

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. 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. Enrollment for 2015 will open on November 15, 2014.  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. SHOP is a new option for purchasing coverage and is open year round for employers.  With new options and requirements in health care, farm families are invited to view the archived webinar “You and Health Insurance: Making a Smart Choice for Farm Families”.  The recording will help farm families understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects them as consumers and as employers of farm workers. Access the recording at:
“This program is about helping farm families understand their options given the changes in the health care law,” says Joyce Lash, family finance specialist of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
The You and Health Insurance: Making a Smart Choice for Farm Familiesrecording is funded through 1311 grant funds from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant.
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