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“If something happens to me on the farm, God help me, I don’t know what I’m going to do.” Jamila Norman, Patchwork City Farms Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States–the CDC estimates that 58,000 injuries occur on farms annually. Farming is twice as deadly as law enforcement and five […]

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It wasn’t until the mandated Affordable Care Act that farmer Joe Reynolds first enrolled in a health insurance program, after seven years of farming. And it really got him thinking: how do farmers get a benefits package they may find at a more traditional job?  One that will allow them to stay healthy, save for […]

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You want me to what? That was my initial thought after being asked by Kaiser Permanente to be a representative on their float at the Rose Parade. I never, ever thought of going to the Rose Parade, let alone being on a float.  It’s not like I volunteered to help with the homecoming float during […]

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Even without a major health insurance plan, primary and preventative care is often a priority to farmers and farming families. Federally Qualified Health Centers are health care clinics that will both accept insurance, and work with uninsured on a sliding scale to offer services. In Georgia, all Federally Qualified Health Centers are housed under the […]

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When Bobby Jones of Babe and Sage Farm in Gordon put a screw through his hand while building a hoop house, he was uninsured. “Thankfully, the screw missed any bones or tendons, which could have meant surgery and months of physical therapy,” Jones says. “They gave me an IV of antibiotics and pain medication for […]

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Through a new partnership with the Kaiser Bridge Program and generous support from the Food Well Alliance, Georgia Organics is launching its insurance enrollment pilot program. The Georgia Bridge Program is an effort on the part of Kaiser to serve uninsured Georgians with up to two years of free health insurance under their KPIF GA […]

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Farming isn’t a career path for the faint of heart; along with fisheries and forestry, farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Just ask Darby Weaver who suffered a broken leg in 2015 as a result of an accident involving her cow. While Weaver was insured, limited provider options and rising […]

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