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More Meetings Scheduled to Inform Farmers About Health Co-op

Farmers are encouraged to attend Town Hall meetings.

A new health care cooperative aimed at helping farmers and small agribusinesses find affordable and effective health insurance will be the topic of discussion at during several upcoming meetings this month. The Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives is sponsoring the forums to introduce producers to the new Farmers' Health Cooperative of Wisconsin program.

"FHCW is an innovative health care plan written by farmers, for farmers," says WFC President Bill Oemichen. "The co-op's health insurance plans are designed to address the needs and wants of farmers and other agribusinesses at an affordable price."

Oemichen says co-op members will benefit from a choice of six products, the freedom to choose their own doctors and hospitals, first dollar coverage of preventive care and a comprehensive benefit package most farmers can't access today.

The meetings will feature presentations on the new cooperative and the available health plans, and staff from WFC and its partner, Agri-Services Agency will answer questions from attendees. The Farmers' Health Cooperative of Wisconsin has been created under the Co-op Care law crafted by WFC to help farmers and small employers gain leverage in the health insurance market.

The meetings are being held at the following locations:

* March 26: Mayville Park Pavilion, Mayville - 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

* March 27: Rosendale Town Hall, Ripon - 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

* March 29: Burnett Town Hall, Burnett - 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

In addition to the Town Hall meetings, farmers and businesses primarily serving agriculture are invited to contact the Farmers Health Cooperative of Wisconsin for more information by calling 800-539-9370.

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