New health co-op announces plan details

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new health care cooperative says it is working to offer Iowans two insurance plans that rely on a specific hospital network.

CoOportunity Health says Monday that they have partnered with the University of Iowa Health Alliance to create the plans. They hope to offer the plans to state residents shopping on the new online insurance exchanges, as well as those seeking insurance through other channels.

The Alliance includes over 50 hospitals and more than 160 clinics across the state. CoOportunity will market these plans in more than 75 percent of the state’s counties.

CoOportunity Health is a nonprofit established to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska. It has applied to participate in Iowa’s insurance exchange. CoOportunity CEO David Lyons says they will also offer plans with wider coverage.

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