Health Care Co-ops in Legislation

While Solidarity Economics and other grassroots organizing does not primarily depend on legislation, nevertheless we can benefit by knowing the territory.  In the case of the health care debate, I only discovered that health care co-ops were raised during public discussions by two NYTimes articles, and that was based on Senator Kent Conrad´s proposals, and citing UWI economist Ann Hoyt.  More searching turned up an article by a Wisconsin news source.  I´ve created a previous posting about these citations.   

      I recently discovered another item by the US government´s GAO mentioning progress in a co-op option that seems to have been included in health care legislation that was passed.  The item mentions the members selected to an Advisory Board, I was particularly interested in the backgrounds of Terry Gardiner and William Oemichen. 

    

GAO Announces Appointments to CO-OP Program Advisory Board WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2010) ? Gene L. Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of 15 members to the Advisory Board to the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program. The board, newly created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will make recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services on grants and loans to establish nonprofit, member-run health insurers serving the individual and small-group markets. .... GAO article link

 

      I´m not having an easy time finding any postings I made on health care co-ops,

so for the record,

    Health Co-op Offers Model for Overhaul

.... ?I surprise my patients by asking, ?Is there anything else you want to talk about today?? ? said Dr. Shriver, chief of a clinic near Seattle run by Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. ?They?ve never heard a doctor say that.?Dr. Shriver has the time because Group Health, one of the country?s few surviving health insurance cooperatives, has recently embraced electronic medical records and a collaborative model of primary care, allowing him to practice proactive medicine for the first time in years.....

NYT article here

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