Open Enrollment Season In Full Swing at 40 Square Cooperative Solutions

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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.

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.

About 40 Square Cooperative Solutions

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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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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