Co-ops Face an Uncertain Future

Health co-ops were included in the Affordable Care Act with the goal of increasing competition and reducing prices of insurance, yet they are facing major financial issues around the country. A Washington Post story this week detailed the legislative history behind the inclusion of co-ops in the ACA, and why so many co-ops are plagued with financial… Read more »

HHS Releases Guidelines for CO-OPs

The federal government released its first set of guidelines yesterday for the creation of Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs), which are nonprofit entities operating within a state to provide a health insurance alternative to its members.  Instead of buying insurance directly from an insurer in a state Exchange, for example, consumers would have the… Read more »

Public Option Voted Down in Finance Committee

In a move the national media is decrying as the death of the public option, the Senate Finance Committee voted down two amendments yesterday that would have inserted language into the Chairman’s Mark creating and funding a public insurance plan run by the federal government. The Chairman’s Mark currently has language funding the creation of… Read more »

Administration Hedges on Co-ops

Although it has been hinted at for weeks, this Sunday the Obama administration made its biggest hedge of support for the “public plan”.  On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday night, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the public plan “is not the essential element” to health care reform for the… Read more »

A Major Health Care Concession?

As expected, the Senate broke for August recess last week without the Finance Committee releasing a health care bill.  The news today however is comments made by a Democratic leader that signals a possible concession to the Finance Committee and Senate Republicans on a controversial section of the leadership’s bill. Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL)… Read more »