Wisconsin State Rep. Scott Suder, R-Clark (69th District), issued the following news release:
State Representative Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) announced that several town hall meetings have been scheduled in the area next week for residents to learn more about the successful Farmers' Health Cooperative of Wisconsin. Suder, who helped lead the charge to pass the 'Co-Op Care' legislation that allowed for the creation of the Farmers' Health Cooperative, said the new laws allow farmers and agribusinesses the ability to pool their resources to buy health insurance as a large group allowing participants to purchase quality health care options at a much more affordable price.
''The high cost of health care poses a serious threat to Wisconsin's strong agricultural heritage,' added Suder. 'Co-Op Care provides a life line to farmers who routinely struggle to find affordable health care options.'
According to Suder, Co-Op Care has led to the formation of four health insurance purchasing cooperatives, including one that covers all of the communities in the 69th Assembly District. Farmers' Health Cooperative which launched in February operates on a statewide basis for all Wisconsin's farmers and agribusinesses. A statewide cooperative that will cover all small employers is also in the works. However, Suder said he fought to make sure that farmers, who are more likely to go without health insurance, were offered access to the successful program first. The Farmers' Health Cooperative is a glowing success that has brought high quality, affordable health insurance options to members in 59 of Wisconsin's 72 counties in just 9 months.
'The Co-Op Care program has been an outstanding success for farmers and small business owners throughout the state who previously struggled to find affordable health care for themselves, their families, and their employees,' said Suder. 'I encourage farmers, small business owners, and anyone else who has an interest in this successful program to attend the meetings next week.'
Rep. Suder encourages any local resident who would like to learn more about the landmark Co-Op Care program to attend one of the town hall meetings that will be held in Colby and Neillsville next week. The Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives and its partner Agri-Services Agency will have experts on hand to present information and answer questions on the new program and the six benefit plans currently available to members at the following times and locations:
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 Meetings beginning at 10 am, 1:30 pm, and 8 pm Frankfort Town Hall F2295 County Road N
Thursday, October 25, 2007Meetings beginning at 10 am, 1:30 pm, and 8 pmAmerican Legion Hall6 Boon Blvd.Colby, WINeillsville, WI
Suder said those who cannot attend one of the meetings can find more information about the Farmers' Health Cooperative and 'Co-Op Care' at www.farmershealthcooperative.com or by calling the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives at 1-800-539-9370.Contact: Rep. Scott Suder, 608/267-0280, 715/223-6964.
Rep. Scott Suder, 608/267-0280, 715/223-6964.