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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - April 02, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Small Health Insurance Co-Ops Seeing Early Success

This story is part of a reporting partnership between NPR and Kaiser Health News.

By Eric Whitney

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Karl Sutton leaves his mobile greenhouse in Montana. He sells spinach as part of a farmers co-op, and likes that non-profit business model for his health insurance, too.

Many of us know the names of some of the big U.S. health insurance companies — like Blue Cross, Aetna, and Wellpoint. But what about CoOportunity Health, or Health Republic Insurance of New York? These are among 23 new companies started under The Affordable Care Act. They're all non-profit, member-owned insurance cooperatives that were begun, in part, to create more competition and drive prices down.

Categories: Business, Health

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - April 01, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

HealthCare.Gov Woes Frustrate Last-Minute Shoppers And Helpers

This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes NPR, member stations and Kaiser Health News.

By NPR Staff

People wait in hallways for help enrolling in insurance at a city service center in southwest Houston on Monday.

Last-minute health insurance shoppers turned up in record numbers Monday, both online and in person at clinics, county health departments and libraries. They were there to sign up for Obamacare on the last official day of open enrollment.

Categories: Government, Politics

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