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CO-OPs Make It Past PPACA Supreme Court Rapids

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HHS has awarded a total of $1.2 billion in funding to CO-OP organizers in 16 states.

The first round of applications was due Oct. 17, 2011, and the last application deadline will be Dec. 31, 2012.

John Morrison, president of the National Alliance of State Health CO-OPs (NASHCO), Helena, Mont., says a majority of states now have CO-OP development groups in various stages of the application process.

California, for example, is developing a bill that would create a regulatory framework for CO-OPs in that state.

The Supreme Court decision supporting the constitutionality of PPACA provides “increased momentum for the health CO-OP movement,” Morrison says. “Health CO-OPs will begin enrolling customers in October 2013, and will offer health insurance plans on the state exchanges beginning in January 2014.”

The CO-OPs want to work with state and local governments, the federal government and their communities to make sure PPACA implementation proceeds on schedule, Morrison says.