Many Indiana farmers want more health care options. On Wednesday, they got closer to that goal. An Indiana Senate committee approved a bill that would allow the state farm bureau to offer a group health plan including sole proprietors.
In a packed room for the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee meeting Wednesday, Hoosier farmers said they have trouble getting affordable health insurance. Some have taken jobs off the farm to get insurance, and others go without coverage.
Lacey Sheller says her family’s turned to a religious health sharing plan. But they find it limiting.
“Thanks to our faith in Christ, we are able to participate, but we don’t believe an individual should be forced into a religious based scenario in order to find some sort of health sharing,” says Sheller. “Payment is 100 percent at their discretion. They say they cover everything as long as it’s an act of God and not a result of living an ungodly life. So, define that. I can’t.”
Sheller says her and her husband would prefer another health care option from the farm bureau.
Benjamin Sanders of Farm Bureau…
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