CO-OPs a Health Plan Alternative

It looks like health insurers will have some competition for customers when affordable insurance exchanges open for business in July 2014. On Monday the Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposed rules governing the creation of consumer-operated and- oriented plans, or CO-OPs. CO-OPs will offer healthcare coverage to individuals through the AIE and to small businesses through the small business health option programs or SHOP exchanges. The private, non-profit, member-governed health plans are designed to create another consumer option for cost-effective healthcare insurance.

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