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What does health care reform mean for Texas ranchers?
Mar 05, 2010 | 1327 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fort Worth – As Republicans and Democrats prepare to begin negotiating health care reform in Congress, ranchers in Texas are wondering what to expect from new reforms and how their families and small businesses will be affected.

Cattle producers can get this information during the “Health Care Reform at the Ranch” breakout session in conjunction with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) 133rd annual Convention March 19-21 in Fort Worth.

Phyllis Brasher, assistant general counsel with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, will lead a discussion on health care reform and what it means for the ranching community on Saturday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

“The cattle industry is volatile, so TSCRA makes it a priority to provide educational sessions that will help our members plan for the future. With so many questions surrounding health care, it is important to have an expert on hand to decipher the facts and let us know what to expect if a national health care bill is passed,” said Dave Scott, rancher and TSCRA president.

“There is no doubt that our health care system needs reform, but TSCRA members hope that reform will not take away from their fundamental freedom of choice,” Scott continued. “Whatever it is that may come our way concerning health care, we want to prepare our members the best we can.”

TSCRA began to offer insurance services to its members in 1977 to meet the growing need for affordable health care for independent cattlemen and women. TSCRA currently insures more than 5,000 people through their insurance services.

“TSCRA is unlike most associations because we offer our members health care insurance similar to what would be offered to employees at a large company. Our members are able to get full health care benefits, including dental and vision, for their families and their employees at a lower price,” said Jerri McDonald, TSCRA executive director of insurance services.

“Health Care Reform at the Ranch” is just one of 11 breakout sessions scheduled to take place during the convention. For a complete list of topics visit www.texascattleraisers.org/convention and click on breakout sessions.
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