By Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News
Farm labor contractors across California — the nation’s biggest agricultural engine — are anxiously studying a provision of the Affordable Care Act, which will require hundreds of thousands of field workers to be covered by health insurance.
Insurance brokers and health providers estimate that meeting the Affordable Care Act’s minimum health plan will cost about $1 per hour per employee in the field.
“I’ve been to at least a dozen seminars on the Affordable Care Act since February,” said Chuck Herrin, owner of Sunrise Farm Labor, a contractor based here. “If you don’t take the right approach, you’re wiped out.” Continue reading