A Farmer from Missouri Is Paying Close to $10,000 a Year for Health Insurance and Medication

“That’s what’s happening to Darvin Bentlage, a farmer in southwest Missouri, outside the town of Lamar. Like many farmers, he has been having a rough time recently. He raises corn, soybeans and beef, and prices for all his products have plummeted in the past two years. In late October he was pretty upset because he got a letter from his insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, saying his policy was going up about $200 a month. Even after his subsidy, he thought he’d be paying $500 a month just for his premium. On top of that he spends about $300 a month on medications to control his diabetes. “So I’m going to be paying close to $10,000 on my medicine and my insurance on a $20,000 income,” he said.”

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