Sept. 16 forum: Rural Health Insurance – Cost and Quality

The Sept. 16th Farm Foundation Forum will focus on Health Insurance Coverage for Family Farm and Ranch Operators and the implications for other rural businesses and rural health care providers. 

The Access Project will provide an overview of research based on their 2007 Health Insurance Survey of Farm and Ranch Operators, gathered, under contract, by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service.  Findings illustrate that healthcare costs threaten farm and ranch families’ financial stability and have the potential to threaten not only their businesses but the strength of the rural economies in which they operate.

Providing opening comments will be:

  • Mark Rukavina, Executive Director, The Access Project
  • Karen Pollitz, Director, Georgetown Health Policy Institute
  • Third speaker to be determined

After opening comments, the floor will be open for discussion, moderated by Charlie Stenholm.

The Forum will be 9 to 11 a.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.  Coffee will be available at 8:30 a.m.

Please RSVP by noon CDT, Friday, Sept. 12 to Mary Thompson, Farm Foundation Director of Communication, .  There is no charge to participate.

About the Farm Foundation Forum:  Food, agricultural and rural policy is changing.  The increasing integration of the world agricultural economy presents challenges in trade, food safety, animal health and food security.  More citizens and interest groups are actively working to influence agricultural, food and rural policy issues.

Farm Foundation organizes these public forums to engage all stakeholders in informed dialogue on food, agricultural and rural policies.  Participants examine current policies, explore and analyze alternative policy proposals, and give voice to new proposals.  Speakers provide brief topic summaries, with the ample time  for discussion.

Who should participate: People with an interest in agricultural, food and rural policy, including members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, industry representatives, NGO representatives and members of the media.