40 Square Cooperative Solutions
40 Square’s mission and purpose is to provide farmers with member-owned and governed health coverage access, health care education, and wellness programs to keep the backbone of Minnesota’s rural community strong.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. November 09, 2017
40 Square Cooperative Solutions (40 Square) released its health plan quote and enrollment platform on November 1, the start of the health insurance open enrollment season. Premium quotes and online enrollment are available through the co-op website or with the assistance of an insurance agent that has partnered with 40 Square.
With the departure of multiple insurance carriers in rural Minnesota counties in 2016, the state legislature recognized the need for a new health plan solution for farm families, and 40 Square Cooperative Solutions began organizing to get the co-op ready for the 2018 open enrollment period, which runs from now through December 15, with effective dates of coverage beginning January 1, 2018.
“We have been working toward this moment for more than 15 years, and are thrilled to offer Minnesota farmers a health plan that not only has coverage in rural areas through the Cigna provider network, but gives them ownership of their health care,” said Charlene Vrieze, project manager of 40 Square. “The goal for the website was to build a platform that emphasizes ease of use, trust, and transparency.”
There are six self-funded plan options available, in addition to dental, vision and voluntary term life benefits. Interested farm families must purchase voting stock and common stock in 40 Square to become a member of the 40 Square health plan consortium. Both organizations are governed by a separate board of directors, who are elected by 40 Square members.
“Minnesota farm families have struggled far too long with health plan rate increases and limited network providers. 40 Square’s mission and purpose is to provide farmers with member-owned and governed health coverage access, health care education, and wellness programs to keep the backbone of Minnesota’s rural community strong,” said Vrieze.
For additional information regarding 40 Square, please visit 40square.coop or email info(at)40square(dot)coop.
40 Square Cooperative Solutions is a health plan cooperative providing Minnesota farm families the control to manage their health care. The over 15-year effort was founded by Cooperative Network, the Minnesota and Wisconsin state trade association of cooperatives, and United Farmers Cooperative (UFC), an agricultural supply cooperative based in Winthrop, Minnesota.
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