Nevada Health Cooperative will go out of business at the end of the year.
The nonprofit, member-owned health insurer is closing because claim costs have been higher than expected for the second year in a row, and opportunities to attract new investment are limited, Pam Egan, the chief executive officer, said in a statement.
“It has become clear that the amount of growth required to provide quality care at reasonable rates will be unlikely in the next plan year,” Egan said.
Egan wrote to providers — in boldface type — that, ”Claims continue to be processed in the same manner, and we will accept claims for dates of service through Dec. 31,” according to a copy of the provider letter posted on the CO-OP website.
In a letter to brokers, Egan said, “We are committed to satisfying broker commissions that have been and continue to be earned through 2015.”
Nevada Health CO-OP is one of 23 health insurers created with startup loans from the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program, and it’s the third CO-OP to close or announce plans to close.
CoOportunity Health, a CO-OP that operated in Iowa and Nebraska, collapsed in late 2014.
Louisiana Health Cooperative Inc. is on track to shut down Dec. 31 through a voluntary process similar to the Nevada Health CO-OP shutdown process.