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Paper on Health Insurance Rebates for CSA members Published
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2012, 02:46:53 AM »
An Analysis of the Impacts of Health Insurance Rebate Initiatives on
Community Supported Agriculture in Southern Wisconsin

by Greg Jackson, Amanda Raster, and Will Shattuck

http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2011.021.002, pp. 1-10



Since 2005, four insurance providers in southern Wisconsin have offered
rebates to policyholders who subscribe to a local community supported
agriculture (CSA) operation. Rebate program participants rely on the Madison
Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC) - an organization
that supports CSA farms and educates consumers about local food systems - to
connect the insurance companies with CSA growers and consumers and to manage
various aspects of the CSA rebate program, including vetting participating
farms. The rebate makes fresh, seasonal, locally and organically grown
fruits and vegetables more accessible to consumers by reducing the cost of a
CSA share by up to 40%. As a result, CSA members report increased
consumption of fruits and vegetables, one of the main goals of the program.
With marketing overseen by MACSAC and the insurance companies, the rebate
program has led to a reduction in the amount of time growers spend on
advertising their operations and recruiting CSA members and has contributed
to increased member retention from year to year. Additionally, both the
number of MACSAC member farms and the total number of shares offered by
these farms have increased substantially since the rebate program's
inception. These trends reduce some of the risk growers face and allow them
to expand production in order to serve a larger consumer base. These
outcomes associated with the MACSAC organization and the insurance rebate
program indicate the success of the program, the importance of MACSAC as an
organizing body, and the potential for implementing the program among
national providers and in other locations where community supported
agriculture is prevalent.

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