Program Sends Nurses To The Farm

SHAWANO, Wis. (December 21, 2013) The Rural Health Initiative in Wisconsin program sends nurses to farms to make sure farmers get basic preventive health care.

The program serves three central Wisconsin counties where dairy farming is big business.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 36 percent of U.S. dairy farmers lacked health insurance in 2011, compared to 9 percent of all farmers and about 16 percent of the general population.

Many have to buy their own insurance.

Farmers such as Kevin Ainsworth, 53, say the situation is unlikely to change with the new health care law.

He said he just bought an insurance policy for his family with a $5,000 deductible because that's what he can afford.

Ainsworth says if not for the initiative, he probably wouldn't seek medical care unless he had a significant injury.

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