Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers Finally Get Access to Affordable Health Benefits: LB1313 Signed into Law

Ag Nonprofits’ Health Benefit Plans Approved by Unicameral

A bill sponsored by Senator Robert Dover of Norfolk, LB1313, aimed at providing affordable health benefits to Nebraska farmers and ranchers, was approved by lawmakers on March 28. This bill states that health benefit plans sponsored by certain nonprofit agricultural organizations, operating under a self-funded arrangement administered by a licensed third-party administrator, will not be subject to insurance regulation.

Before offering health benefits, an organization must submit a certification to the state Department of Insurance confirming that it meets the necessary criteria. Additionally, the risk assumed by a health benefit plan may be reinsured by a company authorized to do business in Nebraska.

To be eligible under this bill, an organization must have been created primarily to support the development of rural communities and the economic stability of Nebraska farmers, among other requirements. This bill marks a significant step towards ensuring access to affordable health benefits for those in the farming and ranching community in Nebraska.

This bill passed with a unanimous vote of 45-0, reflecting strong support for the initiative among lawmakers. LB1313 will provide much-needed relief for farmers and ranchers who often struggle to afford healthcare due to their remote locations and limited access to resources. With this new legislation in place, these individuals can now focus on what they do best – providing for their families and communities while also maintaining their own health and wellbeing.

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