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Seven organizations received the funding, which is designed to advance the formation of health insurance co-operatives — an alternative to the idea of a government-run public option and an entity to compete against private insurance plans.

Kaiser Health News: Feds Jump-Start Health Insurance Co-Ops With Loans
Seven organizations will receive a total of $ 639 million in federal low-interest loans to launch new, consumer-governed health insurance plans in eight states, the federal government announced Tuesday (Meyer, 2/21).

The Hill: Administration Announces First Reform Law Loans To Nonprofit Insurance Co-Ops
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the first low-interest loans to nonprofit health insurance co-operatives funded under the healthcare reform law. The loan program was created as an alternative to……….. continues on News-Medical.net.

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