The most common source of health insurance for farm household members is employment-based

A chart showing the source of health insurance coverage in 2010.

In 2010, 16.3 percent of the U.S. population had no form of health insurance compared to 12.8 percent of farm household members. Most Americans receive health insurance through their employers. This is the case for farm operator households as well, since the majority of farm households have an operator or spouse employed off the farm. Farmers are more likely than the general population to directly purchase their health insurance from an insurance company, and less likely to receive health insurance from a government-sponsored program, such as Medicare or Medicaid. This chart is found in the Farm Household Well-Being topic on the ERS website, updated February 13, 2012.

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