Kaiser Permanente Bridge Program: Reasonably priced Heathcare for Farmers 

By Ain Chiké  

Ain is a Farmer Companies Coordinator at Georgia Organics. She presently leads progress with connecting farmers to Kaiser Bridge Health Insurance and is the creator and supervisor of the Georgia Organics Apprenticeship Program.

Picture by Sami Griffin.

Farming is inherently onerous work and managing threat turns into a each day follow. Farm house owners who’re a part of the farm’s labor drive can’t afford to take days off on account of sudden sickness or harm. The time away equates to lack of revenue and elevated medical payments. The identical is true of farm staff. In 2017, Georgia Organics partnered with Kaiser Permanente to convey metro Atlanta space farmers inexpensive healthcare beneath the Kaiser Permanente Bridge Healthcare Program.

The Kaiser Bridge Program provides uninsured, low-income people and households with backed high-level medical insurance. This program helps to “bridge” the hole for agricultural staff who don’t qualify for Medicaid and discover the month-to-month premiums of the Reasonably priced Care Act burdensome.   

…the protection restrict [of the program] has been expanded past the earlier two-year protection rule.  

Pictured above are some farmers felllowshiping at a tour of Woape Farm (woh-ah-pay) in Houston County. All attendees of our 2023 Georgia Organics Convention in Perry, GA had been invited to selected from eight surrounding farms to tour earlier than heading again dwelling. Picture by Jenna Shea Photojournalism.

Because the program’s inception, Georgia Organics has helped over 50 farm house owners, farm staff, and their certified dependents obtain healthcare. Our farmers have saved hundreds of {dollars} on surprising medical charges, follow-up care, and annual physicals. In some instances, contributors who would usually ignore a lingering ache, progressive cough, or twisted joint, had been capable of schedule a go to at a Kaiser Permanente workplace to obtain prime tier medical care. This helped them get again on the farm in good bodily situation and prevented their illnesses from exaggerating.

Former two-year beneficiaries are inspired to re-apply by way of Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.

LOVE IS LOVE COOPERATIVE FARM, Employee-owners from left to proper: Joe Reynolds, Judith Winfrey, Demetrius Milling, Monica Ponce, and Russell Honderd. Picture courtesy of the farmers’ web site.

One in all our Farmer Members, Hanna Brown, a fifth-year farm employee and present a part of the Love is Love farm crew, spoke about an typically neglected good thing about being in this system and insured when she said that

“…being part of the Kaiser Bridge Program has enormously improved my peace of thoughts. With as many healthcare issues that would come as a direct results of farm work, understanding that I may simply and affordably obtain healthcare has been an infinite reduction.” 

WHO CAN PARTICIAPTE IN THE PROGRAM? 

Eligible people

  • Farm house owners, farmer workers (this consists of undocumented staff), agricultural contractors, those that work in forestry, these in a farm mentorship program, and many others.   

  • Stay or work in Bartow, Butts, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Paulding, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, or Walton counties of Georgia. 

  • Meet annual or month-to-month income requirements of this system. 

PROGRAM UPDATES

Previous contributors and people accustomed to this system must be conscious that the protection restrict has been expanded past the earlier two-year protection rule.  

WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY

The upcoming open enrollment interval will start in Nov. 2023 and shut in Jan. 2024. Former two-year beneficiaries are inspired to re-apply by way of Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.

For those who learn this text after the deadline, re-apply between Nov. 2023 and Jan. 2024 in the course of the open enrollment interval.

New to Kaiser Bridge? Electronic mail [email protected] to sign-up for open enrollment updates and be taught extra about this system for you and your farm workers.


Click to learn more about the Kaiser Bridge Program 

READY TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR GEORGIA ORGANICS MEMBERSHIP TODAY? Discover the fitting membership degree for you at www.georgiaorganics.org/membership.

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