The ACA will require hundreds of thousands of field workers to be covered by health insurance, creating a large concern in American agriculture. The requirement to cover workers was recently delayed until 2015, but farm labor contractors are already preparing for concerns such as cost, inconvenience and the liabilities presented with this new legislation. California has a substantial $43.5 billion agricultural industry, estimating the new law to cost roughly $1 per hour, per employee working in the fields. Many farmers believe this regulation will ultimately lead to higher labor costs, which will eventually be passed on to the consumer, “That cost is going to be borne by us at the end of the day”, said Scott Deardorff, a partner at Oxnard-based Deardorff Family Farms.
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