CO-OP Rules Finalized

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Today CMS released final rules for the CO-OP (Consumer Operated & Oriented Plans) Program created by the Affordable Care Act.  The Program provides federal loans to private organizations seeking to establish new health insurers through consumer-operated cooperatives.   The rules adopt standards for CO-OPs and for qualifying for federal assistance to establish a CO-OP.  The final rules can be accessed at  http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-31864_PI.pdf.

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