The Consumer Operated and Oriented Program (CO-OP) plans might have a chance to survive, according to Jordan Battani.
Battani, a principal researcher at Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), Falls Church, Va., discusses the factors that could affect CO-OP plan performance in a commentary distributed by CSC — a company that could provide technology and consulting services for the plans.
Drafters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) included the CO-OP provision to compromise between advocates of creating a Medicare-like “public option” plan and advocates for protecting the current role of non-government health plans.
CO-OP plans are supposed to be nonprofit, member-owned health insurers that are self-sustaining but have no ties to commercial health plans or existing nonprofit health plans.
Battani says the new CO-OP plans will face formidable obstacles.
PPACA itself “will place powerful constraints on the operational alternatives and organizational structures available to newly forming CO-OPs,” Battani says. “They will be entering highly concentrated and competitive insurance coverage markets and will be unable to leverage the products, services or expertise of the established commercial insurance providers.”