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Program sends nurses to dairy farms

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SHAWANO (AP) -- A Wisconsin program sends nurses to farms in order to make sure farmers get basic preventive health care.

The Rural Health Initiative serves three central Wisconsin counties where dairy farming is big.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 36 percent of U.S. dairy farmers lack health insurance in 2011, which is higher in comparison to the 9 percent of all farmers and 16 percent of the general population who lack health insurance.  Many dairy farmers have to buy their own insurance.

Farmers like 53-year-old Kevin Ainsworth say the situation is unlikely to change with the new health care law.  Ainsworth just bought an insurance policy for his family with a $5,000 deductible because that's what he can afford.

Ainsworth says if not for the initiative, he probably would not seek medical care unless he had a significant injury.

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