A good piece in the Columbia Missourian on the difficulties Missouri farmers face trying to afford health insurance.
Tom Brown usually does not make a big deal about his birthday. But this year is different.
This time, he’s turning 65 and will be covered by the federal health care plan Medicare.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, farmers have one of the most dangerous jobs in America, ranking highly with loggers, roofers and fishermen. Farming is dangerous because of the animals, which can be unpredictable, the machinery and the use of pesticides. Farmers’ families are also at a high risk because many work and live on the premises.
The rest here.