Access to health insurance is a huge issue for all farmers. The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation to provide a premium subsidy in the individual market. That, in turn, resulted in the creation of additional health care options to farmers and their employees through the 40 Square Cooperative.
“Open enrollment aligns with the individual market, and enrollment is November 1 through December 15,” says project manager Char Vrieze. To qualify, farmers must purchase stock in the cooperative and enroll for a minimum of three years. This option will be “owned by farmers and governed by farmers.”