Central Valley Ag invests in Nebraska Cooperative Farmer Member Health Plan
As costs increase for health insurance, Central Valley Ag (CVA) has worked to find ways to help keep their producer member’s health care cost affordable. Through a partnership with Land O’ Lakes, Inc. CVA is proud to offer a new health plan option to their producer-members in Nebraska. This new health plan, named the Nebraska Cooperative Farmer Member Health Plan, is under new multi-state, group, Association Health Plan (AHP) Regulations.
In 2017, a Minnesota statute afforded Land O’ Lakes the opportunity to develop a group health plan for individual farmers. Land O’ Lakes then partnered with Gravie, a Minneapolis-based benefits marketplace, to pilot a group health plan and offer it to 12 Minnesota based Land O’ Lakes co-ops. Now in 2019, this plan is expanding to nearly 15,000 eligible farmers in Minnesota and 28,000 farmers in Nebraska who are members of cooperatives, like CVA, that opt-in to participating and offering coverage.
“CVA recognizes that access to quality, affordable health care is a major concern for our producers,” said Carl Dickinson, CVA CEO/president. “Connecting our member-owners to the Nebraska Cooperative Farmer Health Plan allows us to deliver value within the health care industry to our producers.”
Farmers who choose to participate in this program will have the opportunity to access multiple ACA compliant plans. This plan will cover each of the ten Essential Health Benefits, have broad network coverage and is more affordable than many of the plans offered in the current individual market.
Open enrollment and administration of this plan will be administered by Gravie and is open now through December 21, 2018 for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2019. There are requirements for participation including residing in Nebraska. Producers can visit www.gravie.com/necoop or call 844-538-4690 to learn more.