Friday, March 1, 2024

Kaiser Permanente Bridge Program: Reasonably priced Heathcare for Farmers 


By Ain Chiké  

Ain is a Farmer Providers Coordinator at Georgia Organics. She at present leads progress with connecting farmers to Kaiser Bridge Well being Insurance coverage and is the creator and supervisor of the Georgia Organics Apprenticeship Program.

Photograph by Sami Griffin.

Farming is inherently laborious work and managing danger turns into a every day apply. Farm house owners who’re a part of the farm’s labor drive can not afford to take days off attributable to sudden sickness or damage. The time away equates to lack of earnings and elevated medical payments. The identical is true of farm employees. In 2017, Georgia Organics partnered with Kaiser Permanente to deliver metro Atlanta space farmers reasonably priced healthcare beneath the Kaiser Permanente Bridge Healthcare Program.

The Kaiser Bridge Program provides uninsured, low-income people and households with backed high-level medical health insurance. This program helps to “bridge” the hole for agricultural employees 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 house. Photograph by Jenna Shea Photojournalism.

For the reason that program’s inception, Georgia Organics has helped over 50 farm house owners, farm employees, and their certified dependents obtain healthcare. Our farmers have saved hundreds of {dollars} on sudden medical charges, follow-up care, and annual physicals. In some circumstances, contributors who would usually ignore a lingering ache, progressive cough, or twisted joint, had been in a position to 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. Photograph courtesy of the farmers’ web site.

One in every of 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 missed advantage of being in this system and insured when she acknowledged that

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

WHO CAN PARTICIAPTE IN THE PROGRAM? 

Eligible people

  • Farm house owners, farmer staff (this contains undocumented employees), agricultural contractors, those that work in forestry, these in a farm mentorship program, and so on.   

  • Reside 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 earnings necessities of this system. 

PROGRAM UPDATES

Previous contributors and people acquainted with this system needs to 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 through the open enrollment interval.

New to Kaiser Bridge? Electronic mail gofarmerservices@gmail.com to sign-up for open enrollment updates and study extra about this system for you and your farm staff.


Click on to study extra in regards to the Kaiser Bridge Program 

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

To study extra about Georgia Organics go to georgiaorganics.org or comply with us on Fb, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube by looking out (Georgia Organics).   



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