Health Insurance Co-ops

Health care bill has some last minute kinks, and includes a plan where consumers create their own health insurance.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

This week, the Senate Finance committee is set to release the first draft of their health care bill. In fact, the proposed legislation was originally slated to be released today ... so what's holding things up? Here to explain the unfinished details is our own Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. Plus, this bill might contain plans for cooperative health insurance providers. Listeners asked us to explain what these companies look like, so we called up Peter Fallow, CEO of Group Healthcare Cooperative of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Timothy Jost, law professor and health policy expert.


Peter Fallow, Timothy S. Jost and Todd Zwillich


Molly Webster

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I was a member of Group Health Cooperative in Wisconsin and I would not be alive today if it had not been for my new MD (young woman) who insisted I have a physical (what? I just had a baby, I'm as healthy as a horse!). But it wasn't going to cost me more than a minor visit fee--I think it was $5. She found a thyroid abnormality and, long story made short, my cancerous thyroid was removed by the head surgeon, a well-respected expert in the field, at a major university hospital in St. Louis. My out of pocket costs for surgery and four days in a hospital (including an overnight cot for my husband)?--zero. Twenty years later I still boast of my superior health care at Group Health Cooperative in Wisconsin.

Sep. 15 2009 11:15 PM

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