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Two More Health Co-Ops Fail, Senator Threatens HHS Nominations

Latest failures of ACA co-ops brings total to eight.
October 26, 2015

Two more Consumer Operated and Oriented plans have failed, bringing the total to eight. Oregon nonprofit health insurer Health Republic Insurance said it will not offer small group or individual plans on or off exchange in 2016. Also, Colorado HealthOP entered state-approved runoff and will not offer insurance coverage in 2016, the company said in a statement.

The announcement prompted Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) to threaten to block confirmation of pending U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) nominees, including an agency head, until he gets answers over why one-third of the 23 Consumer Operated and Oriented plans have failed.

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