Access to health care is a number one concern for young farmers

Having access to affordable health care is a major concern for young farmers and ranchers. Southern Indiana farmer Deidra Gottbrath grows corn, soybeans, and popcorn in Washington County.

“As young farmers it’s entirely a day-to-day struggle with a lot of us not having access to affordable care,” she says. “Also, for me it hits a special note, because working in healthcare I see that over and over again and being a young farmer who continues to have an off-the-farm job.”

Gottbrath is a critical care nurse in Louisville.

A health care bill introduced by Indiana Farm Bureau has passed the Senate and has moved to the House.  

“We have made some headway at the legislature to start getting things in action and rolling and I just can’t wait to see how we’re able to help young farmers and other businesses.” she says.

Farm Bureau organizations in Iowa, Tennessee, and Kansas have offered similar health care opportunities to members.  

Audio: Deidra Gottbrath

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