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California farm-worker health care bill in pipeline
The Californian - Salinas

A state bill would use a little creative financing to provide round-the-clock medical coverage to farm workers in the Salinas Valley and around the state.

The bill would establish the Care of Agricultural Workers Fund, a pilot program that would be in place for up to three years and pay for “medical, surgical, and hospital treatment for occupational and nonoccupational injuries and illnesses incurred by agricultural workers.”

The program would be financed by redirecting a portion of the money growers and other ag employers pay for workers compensation into the new fund.