Dec 18 2012
11:34 am

Ranee Randby is leaving her community relations post at the Knox Co. Health Dept. to join a new health insurance co-op startup:

On Nov. 24, I began a new position as Communications Director for Community Health Alliance (CHA), the health insurance CO-OP for Tennessee. CO-OPs were created as part of the Affordable Care Act.Community Health Alliance has a mission to provide health insurance to individuals and businesses through a different business model: The Company is a true nonprofit, consumer-focused and governed by members. The startup timeline is to start enrolling members in October, 2013 and begin paying benefits on Jan. 1, 2014.

CHA is not the health insurance exchange; our products will be offered on the exchange. Think of the exchange as a marketplace, where individuals can compare plans and shop for insurance. The exchange will be Web-based, so a comparison to Travelocity is probably more applicable. Insurance agents also will offer CHA as an option to their individual and business clients.

PREVIOUSLY at Metropulse: Launching a Tennessee Health Insurance Co-op

Up Goose Creek's picture


Why haven't we had health co-ops before Obamacare?

jbr's picture

So What’s a Health Insurance Co-op, Anyway?

From the NY Times ...

We had them in the 1930s and 1940s, because the Farm Security Administration sponsored them before we had health insurance. There were 600,000 people in the Midwest who were insured through them. Texas was a big area for them.

So What’s a Health Insurance Co-op, Anyway?

Pam Strickland's picture

There have been health

There have been health co-ops, just not in Tennessee. I've read about them in the last couple of years, I want to say in the Pacific Northwest and maybe in Utah or Nevada.

EconGal's picture

CO-OP vs co-op

A "CO-OP" is a specific type of non-profit organization that exists as a result of the ACA 2010. CO-OP is "Consumer Owned and Oriented Plans." The ACA provides specific funding to starts these new entities.

Health care cooperatives (co-ops) have been around for 20 years. They are participant owned, much like a credit union. A CO-OP is more like an independent, not-for-profit hospital.

The terms are often - and incorrectly - used interchangeably.


(Edited to include link to Federal report on establishment of CO-OPs)

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