Barriers and Opportunities for the Affordable Care Act’s CO-OPs

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The failure of the health insurance cooperative operating in Iowa and Nebraska, together with the significant financial losses experienced by most others, have raised questions about the viability of the Affordable Care Act’s Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program. The program, which offers low-interest loans to co-ops, was designed to inject competition into highly concentrated markets and provide more affordable, consumer-focused alternatives to traditional insurance companies. <br /><br />
In a new blog post, Sabrina Corlette and colleagues at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center on Health Insurance Reform explain what’s behind the CO-OP program’s mixed performance so far. They also point to reasons why success is still within reach.<br />
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