On September 28, 2012, Louisiana Health Cooperative (LAHC) was selected by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive loans to create and operate a Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan, or “CO-OP”. Since that time, LAHC officials have been working with the Louisiana Department of Insurance to obtain approval to operate as an insurer statewide with open enrollment beginning on October 1, 2013 and coverage starting on January 1, 2014. Once operational, LAHC will intensely pursue those individuals and small employers (2-50 employees) who want health insurance coverage, but are not eligible for public assistance in other forms.
Based in Louisiana, LAHC is sponsored by a coalition of health care providers and business leaders who plan to improve health outcomes by providing better access to high quality care at an affordable price. LAHC’s mission is to promote community health and well-being by engaging the members and providers it serves in the valued delivery of high quality, integrated health care services.
CO-OPs, like LAHC, are non-profit, member-owned and member-governed health insurance companies with a focus on developing programs intended to improve the quality of health care delivered to members