GFB, Anthem to offer multiple employer self-insured health plan
On Aug. 29, Gov. Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Insurance announced a new partnership between Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) and Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield—a license granted to the Georgia Farm Bureau Member Health Program Trust to operate as a “Multiple Employer Self-Insured Health Plan” in Georgia.
The GFB Health Care Plan will offer potential savings for small business employers who are either sole proprietors or groups with at least two enrolled and no more than 50 eligible employees that fall within a broad range of agricultural industry Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes. The only other requirement for an employee to participate is that he/she be or become a GFB member.
GFB President Gerald Long said the organization’s members have longed asked for health insurance options.
“In 1959, Georgia Farm Bureau started an insurance company to meet the insurance needs of its members, particularly those living and working in rural Georgia,” Long said. “Now, sixty years later, we are partnering with Anthem to continue the tradition of meeting the insurance needs of our members by providing a health insurance program that will reach all areas of Georgia, both rural and urban.”
The new GFB Member Health Program will provide better health insurance coverage, at competitive pricing, to underserved populations across the state. It will become available before the end of the year.
Kemp expressed gratitude for the access to health care the partnership provides.
“I certainly want to take this opportunity to thank the Georgia Farm Bureau and Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield for working together, for partnering on this worthwhile endeavor and for listening to the needs of hardworking Georgians in every part of our state,” Kemp said.
The health program is considered an innovative way to address the many challenges Georgians face regarding health care access and affordability.
To join Georgia Farm Bureau, visit www.gfb.ag/join or your local county Farm Bureau office.