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The Future of Health Cooperatives: Stakeholders report from the field
The cooperative healthcare system began in the 1930s, and a number of established plans since that time have proven themselves as a model of quality care and low overhead expenses. A health care CO-OP is governed and run by its members and is subject to state and federal laws governing all insurers. Unlike traditional insurance, however, any profits earned must be used to either lower premiums or to improve benefits. Coops must seek and receive approval from their state insurance departments to operate as a health insurance company and follow all the insurance laws of their home state.

The Affordable Care Act created the CO-OP loan program, providing seed money to fund health cooperatives in all 50 states. The Act (section 1322) requires that a health cooperative, known as a “Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan” (“Coop”) is formed as a nonprofit, controlled by and operated on behalf of its members. Congress has appropriated $3.4 billion in loans to spur their implementation. 16 health CO-OPs have already signed loan agreements with HHS totaling $1.24 billion. A majority of states across the country have CO-OP development groups in various stages of the application process. None of the CO-OPs currently in the Affordable Care pipeline are currently operational, and are in various stages of development.

What does the future of healthcare cooperatives hold? The potential answers are of significance not only to healthcooperative stakeholders, but to all organizations involved in some aspect of the delivery of healthcare benefits, as applicable cooperatives will be available side-by-side with other health plan alternatives. Health plans, provider networks, employers, PBMs, pharmaceutical organizations, state regulatory agencies, benefit consultants, solutions providers and many others all have a stake in monitoring and understanding the role and implications of ongoing development and operations of healthcare cooperatives.
Join us for this important HealthcareWebSummit event: the Future of Health Cooperatives, at 1PM Eastern on Thursday, September 27, 2012, as three nationally noted stakeholders in the Health Cooperative movement share their insights, perspectives and experiences on their own organizational development, and overarching issues going forward for healthcare cooperatives around the country. 

The prominent faculty includes: John Morrison, President, National Alliance of State Health Cooperatives (NASHCO), Board Member of the Montana Health Cooperative and former Montana Insurance Commissioner;  Jerry Burgess, President/CEO of Consumers' Choice Health Plan in North Charleston, SC; and Martin Hickey, MD, Chief Executive Officer, New Mexico Health Connections.  
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the regulatory environment, requirements and process for health cooperative development and operations, including the Affordable Care Act loan provisions.
  2. Find out how the current status of health cooperative development around the country.
  3. Ascertain the experiences, issues, obstacles and opportunities facing three health cooperatives currently under development.
  4. Consider the potential future environment of health cooperatives based upon the insights and perspectives of prominent healthcare cooperative stakeholders.
  5. Engage in interactive learning through online question submission, attendee feedback and opportunity for follow-up questions, and networking with attendees, faculty and other professionals through dedicated LinkedIn group.
Who Should Attend
Interested attendees would include:
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Legal and Regulatory Executives and Staff
  • Strategy, Planning and Policy Executives and Staff
  • Health Reform Implementation Executives and Staff
  • Medical Directors
  • Business Intelligence Staff
  • Health Benefits Management Executives and Staff
  • Marketing Executives and Market Research Staff
  • Communications Executives and Staff
  • Other Interested Parties

Attendees would represent organizations including:

  • Healthcare Cooperatives
  • Health Plans
  • Employers
  • Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Provider Networks and Accountable Care Organizations
  • Third Party Administrators
  • Pharmaceutical Organizations
  • PBMs
  • Other Healthcare Providers
  • Benefit Consulting Organizations
  • Solutions Providers
  • State Regulatory Agencies
  • Associations, Institutes and Research Organizations
  • Media
  • Other Interested Organizations
The Future of Health Cooperatives: Stakeholders report from the field
  Individual Registration Fee: $195. Audio Conference CD-ROM: $40 for attendees; $285 for non-attendees after the event. Register online or download the event brochure.  
Register Now   Corporate Site licensing also available. Click here to register or call 209.577.4888 We look forward to your participation in this event!
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