The Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative will present a series of community seminars in May and June to explain the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance reforms coming in 2014.
The identical seminars are designed for individuals without insurance, self-employed individuals, small business owners and nonprofit leaders. Topics for discussion include the new insurance exchanges (market places), subsidies for purchasing insurance and the individual mandate issues.
Targeting small businesses, nonprofits and individuals in the seven counties of southeastern Wisconsin, the nonprofit, member-governed cooperative will launch Jan. 1, 2014. The cooperative is funded with a $56 million loan from the federal government through the Affordable Care Act.
According to Common Ground’s founders, “nonprofit” means any surplus will be invested back into the company for the benefit of its members, helping keep premium costs lower.
The organization focuses on working with doctors, hospitals, agents and members so that the best health care can be provided at a reasonable rate. A member elected board of directors will give participants a say in how the cooperative operates and – by keeping the books transparent – each individual will know exactly what their premium is used for.
The Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative has initiated the process of enrolling 25,000 to 50,000 between 2012 and 2017.
To view the dates, times and places of the community seminars, click here.