When policy-makers decided not to include a public health insurance option in the Affordable Care Act, they compromised by adding the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program to the law. Sponsored by consumer groups and other nonprofits, CO-OPs aim to offer consumers more options in states where few health insurers cater to individuals and small businesses. Colorado received a loan to create a CO-OP.
CO-OP Opportunity for Insurance Coverage
A new policy brief from Health Affairs and RWJF reviews the challenges facing CO-OPs as they prepare for open enrollment in October. Read the brief.