Well, after a two week vacation, the blog is back and we’ll ease back into the conversation. As we approach October 1st, there have been some questions from the agricultural community about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. While I am no expert concerning this topic, there are some new resources that you may find helpful as you think about the Affordable Care Act. First, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources has launched a resource center about health care decision making for small businesses. You can find forms, regulations, information videos and factsheets, and other resources. You will also find a section devoted to farm and ranch employment and the requirements under the Affordable Care Act.
DTN/The Progressive Farmer has been running an interesting series of articles about the Affordable Care Act. The latest article discusses whether the health care exchanges may save farmers money on health insurance and the questions farmers may want to ask regarding the health insurance exchanges. Additionally, the Center for Rural Affairs has a series of common questions and answers about the Affordable Care Act.
This blog is not offering legal or financial advice about your specific situation, but rather, providing resources for you to learn about the Affordable Care Act and then bring legal and financial questions to your trusted legal and financial counselors. Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Farm and Ranch Program is happy to help with any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us!
Update: The website for the healthcare exchange is now open at healthcare.gov.