Sourcing Food with Obamacare
Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent
Mon Mar 11, 2013 08:00 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Hospitals around the country should become new markets for farmers to provide healthy, often locallyproduced food to comply with their legal requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

A prominent health care consultant told the National Farmers Union at its annual convention last week that hospitals have to justify their nonprofit status by demonstrating to the Internal Revenue Service that they are investing dollars in the local community. One way to do that is through local food purchases.

"This is a time to become engaged as a community advocate for food and what impact it has on the ...

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