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Cooperative health maintenance organizations (HMOs) were organized after passage of the federal HMO Act of 1973 to help consumers address the problems of rising health-care costs and physician shortages. Today, health care cooperatives provide a mix of clinics, services, and insurance. Cooperative HMOs are not-for-profit providers that own medical facilities and employ medical staff, while other health care cooperatives offer insurance only.


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Cooperative Network’s Resolutions Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 20 in Eau Claire, Wis. to discuss proposed new resolutions or changes to existing resolutions. If you have any suggestions, they can be submitted to Patrick Murray at or John Manske at Final action on the resolutions will take...

On April 21, Cooperative Network met with U.S. Senator Al Franken (DFL – MN), Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson, and MDA Deputy Commissioner Matt Wohlman to discuss dairy, trade, immigration, healthcare, and other related issues. Senator Franken invited Cooperative Network and other parties affected by the change in a...

Cooperative Network-led language that would allow for the establishment of an agricultural cooperative health plan was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton on January 26. The provision was contained in a larger piece of legislation aimed at providing healthcare premium relief to assist in stabilizing Minnesota’s individual insurance market...

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