Co-Op Plans Report Early Successes As Well As Challenges
News outlets look at the nonprofit co-op plans established by the health law.
The New York Times: Health Law’s Small Co-ops Have Mixed Success So Far
The co-ops were a late addition to the Affordable Care Act, proposed as an alternative to the so-called public option, a plan that would have been offered directly by the federal government and that was met with political resistance. The idea was to offer consumers more choice in areas then dominated by just one or two insurers. The co-ops received federal loans, and must be largely governed by their members (Abelson, Thomas and McGinty, 2/26).
Kaiser Health News: Co-Ops Report Early Enrollment Successes And Expansion Plans
The Affordable Care Act’s nonprofit co-op health plans, which see themselves as the rebel alliance battling established insurers, have signed close to 300,000 members and are set to expand into three new states next year, officials say (Hancock, 2/27).