A state court judge in Columbia, Ohio, has given Mary Taylor, the Ohio insurance director, permission to liquidate Coordinated Health Mutual Inc., the state’s Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) carrier.

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Founders used loans from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) CO-OP program to start the company. It now has about 22,000 enrollees.

The Ohio Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association will help protect up to $500,000 of a policyholder’s claims, officials say.

“Our examination of the company’s financials made it clear that the company’s losses would prevent it from paying future claims should its operations continue,” Taylor said about the decision to liquidate in the middle of the year.

Taylor said the liquidation order will help her department ensure that enrollees, providers and vendors will be provided for in an orderly manner as the company winds down its operations.

InHealth enrollees must continue to pay their premiums, and InHealth network providers must live up to commitments to provide care for InHealth enrollees, officials say.

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