Issue Brief

No. 653

Small Group Market Health Insurance Purchasing Cooperatives Revisited
July 28, 1994


Karl Polzer


As Congress was in the final stages of considering the Clinton administration's proposal for comprehensive health reform and various derivatives of it, this Forum session examined the progress of several purchasing cooperatives in helping employees of small firms find affordable insurance coverage. The first half of the meeting focused on California's purchasing alliance, especially its impact on prices in the small-group insurance market. Varying models of cooperatives (or alliances) being set up in Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky also were discussed, with special attention being paid to their potential for addressing fundamental problems such as rising costs and access to insurance.

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See also "Health Insurance Coverage for Small Employers" (Background Paper, April 19, 2005).

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