AFBF has joined a coalition of small business groups urging Congress to provide relief to rural communities when it comes to health insurance. The coalition is seeking repeal of the Health Insurance Tax, or HIT, because of the burden the tax places on rural businesses, farmers and ranchers.  

“Farmers have two issues with health insurance: one is how much it costs, and the other is, is it available in rural areas,” explained Pat Wolff, AFBF’s tax specialist, in a recent Newsline. “There’s a wide range of small business groups who are pushing for repeal of the HIT,” she said. Further, “They’ve called on Congress to act when they get back after the election to make sure that there isn’t just a one-year moratorium, that the repeal of the HIT goes on for more than one year.”