MO Farm Bureau says health plan to be addressed again next year

Legislation that would allow Missouri Farm Bureau to offer a health plan to its members didn’t make it across the finish line in the Missouri Legislature again this year.

This is the second year the Missouri Farm Bureau has asked the state legislature for support. States must have either statutory authority or a waiver from existing insurance law before a Farm Bureau can offer health care coverage.

President Garrett Hawkins says there was a hang-up in the Missouri Senate at the end of the session and he’s disappointed.

“I think Missouri’s process, especially the Senate and our rules, make it more cumbersome to get things through. I think it being an election year in Missouri and seeing so many members running for a higher office complicates the process in both chambers. In Missouri, it takes time.”

He says Missouri Farm Bureau will try again in 2025.

“We remain undeterred in our commitment to finding a way to provide affordable coverage options for our members we serve.”

Hawkins says Alabama, Florida and Wisconsin Farm Bureaus were not able to pass a health plan this year, but Mississippi and Nebraska Farm Bureaus were successful.

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