Farm Bureau supports two Senate bills in Congress designed to give farmers and ranchers relief from the Health Insurance Tax. When the HIT goes into effect, it will add significantly to the cost of health insurance for self-employed individuals. While Congress has delayed implementation of the tax through 2019, Pat Wolff, AFBF senior director of congressional relations, warned in a recent Newsline that the tax will be in full force in 2020. It will add $500 to the average cost of health insurance for each self-employed person.
“The thing that’s most helpful right now is to get those cosponsors” for the bills, Wolff said. “Any farmer, any rancher, any citizen of the United States who cares about these issues should call their representatives and their senators and ask them to cosponsor the bills."