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Farmers’ markets are a popular way for consumers to shop and enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
But in recent years, many of them have been under fire.
The state of Washington is the latest state to try to rein in the industry, and it’s hoping to do so by banning the sale of farm-supplied dental insurance policies.
The state will ban all of the industry’s health benefits in 2018, and will require all dental insurance plans to cover dental exams.
Farmers’ markets in Washington and Oregon are still permitted to offer all of their insurance benefits, including dental exams, at a discounted rate.
“It’s not going to happen for the foreseeable future, but we’re trying to make it a better experience for consumers,” said Dan Ragan, executive director of the Washington State Farm Bureau, which represents farms and ranchers.
It was only a matter of time until some farmers decided to start selling dental insurance.
In April, two farmers who sell dairy products in the city of Vancouver were among those to begin offering dental coverage.
They were also among those who were not allowed to sell the policy for six months after it was issued, according to the Washington D.C. Business Review.
After hearing from consumers who were upset by the policy’s exclusion of dental care, Ragan said the bureau asked the growers to stop offering it.
“I think it’s fair to say that some of the farmers were not pleased with that decision, and they’re still working on that issue,” Ragan told The Associated Press.
“But we certainly did our best to make sure that the consumer got what they needed.
We’re not against the policy, but it doesn’t come with benefits that are really important to them.”
Dental insurance is not a new thing in Washington.
In 2017, Gov.
Jay Inslee signed into law a bill that allowed consumers to choose whether they want dental insurance or not.
The law allowed farmers to sell dental insurance for farmers in their own fields and not on their farms.
Farmers can still sell their own dental insurance policy, however, but farmers are now required to do it on their own.
Farmers can’t sell it at a farmers’ market or any other public market.
Dental Insurance for Farmers in Oregon and Washington, also known as the “Farmers Dental Insurance Act of 2017,” was introduced in 2017 by state Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Tucson.
Oregon’s law was amended to cover farm products sold at farmers’ markets, including farm products that were purchased from a farmers market vendor, but not from a farmer.
The amendment was approved by the Oregon House of Representatives in September, and Schatz has filed an amended bill with the state Senate.
It was not immediately clear when it would be heard.
Dylan Shaffer, an Oregon Farm Bureau spokesman, said the Oregon law did not address farmers’ dental insurance as the Oregon Department of Insurance has since 2017.
This bill would still allow farmers to use the Farmers Dental insurance Act of 2016 to provide farmers’ products at a farmer’s market, and to offer farmers’ insurance coverage to consumers at farmers markets and at public health facilities, he said.
Farm-supply farmers are permitted to sell their insurance policy on the farmer’s property, but there is a one-year waiting period before the policy expires, according a D.E.C.-approved notice from the Bureau of Insurance in 2017.