Ohio farm insurance giant Farm Bureau has decided to stop covering insurance coverage of farm workers who are pregnant and the new mother.
The Ohio Farm Bureau announced Monday that it is dropping coverage for farm workers from the insurance company for at least two months as a result of the opioid crisis.
Agency spokesman Jim Buehler said the decision was made after consulting with state regulators, including the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
It’s a major change from last summer when Farm Bureau covered the pregnant farm workers, and it means Farm Bureau won’t cover the newborns who come in during that time period.
In Ohio, the Farm Bureau was the only insurance provider offering coverage to farm workers in the state who were pregnant and carrying their newborns.
Buehl said Farm Bureau is continuing to monitor the situation with the Ohio Farm Labor Council and the Ohio Health Department.
The decision comes after the Farm Service Agency, the agency responsible for administering the farm insurance program, said in January that it was ending the program after determining that it would be ineffective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
The Farm Service is still offering coverage for pregnant workers.
The agency also said in September that it wouldn’t extend coverage to pregnant workers until the coronivirus pandemic was over.
The Farm Bureau said in a statement that it had been monitoring the situation and that it will continue to provide Farm Bureau Farm Insurance to those who are impacted by the coronvirus.
“We are saddened that we will no longer be able to offer Farm Bureau farm insurance to the state of Ohio,” the Farm Bureaus said in the statement.
“We believe that the best course of action is to continue to offer this coverage to those affected by the pandemic and to continue our work with the state to help protect our citizens from this epidemic.”
A previous version of this story said Farm Bats Insurance will cover pregnant workers and the newborn.
It will not.