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Farm Bureau Wants to Offer Health Insurance Plans to Farmers - So Why is this Controversial?

 Tim Franklin farms in Goodland, in northwest Kansas, but drove to Topeka earlier this year for a hearing on the Kansas Farm Bureau's insurance plans. (Photo by Jim McLean / Kansas News Service)

When farmers were asked in a recent national survey to identify the biggest threat to their livelihoods, they didn’t say low commodity prices or global trade policies. It was rising health insurance costs.  That has prompted Farm Bureau chapters in the Midwest to jump into the marketplace with lower-cost coverage options.  But as Jim McLean (Mc-LEEN) reports for Harvest Public Media, the plans have consumer advocates and traditional insurers crying foul.

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Jim McLean is a reporter for the Kansas News Service and a contributor to Harvest Public Media and Kansas Public Radio.

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