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Wisconsin-Minnesota Health Care Cooperative Purchasing Alliance

1 recipient will receive $2,232,000. This is a first-time earmark.
Year Enacted: 2005
Description: The $2,232,000 grant funded a pilot project for a Wisconsin-Minnesota health care cooperative insurance purchasing alliance. The proposed legislation identified the alliance as the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives (WFC). The WFC is administering the grant funds for a group of five health care cooperatives established through state legislation (Wisconsin Act 101) as "Co-op Care." A stop loss fund of $2,000,000 has been established with grant funds to pay up to 90 percent of insurance claims in a range of $30,000 to $90,000 a year. Claims that are below $30,000 and above $90,000 will be covered by the insurer, through premiums paid by the cooperative members. The remaining $232,000 was used for administrative expenses, including actuarial studies. The pilot project provides health care coverage for farmers, ranchers, small businesses and non-profit organizations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. This earmark grant was funded in both FY 2005 and FY 2006.
Beneficiary/Recipient Amount ($K) Program Type Address
The Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives (WFC) $2,232 Non-Profit
131 West Wilson Street
Ste 400
Madison, WI
Source: Appropriations Statute
Reference: Public law 108-447
Location: Title VII, Sec. 793
Method: P.L. 108-447
Citation Excerpt: There is hereby appropriated $2,250,000, to remain available until expended, for a grant to the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives for pilot Wisconsin-Minnesota health care cooperative purchasing alliances.

Citation Comment: Actual earmark includes .8% rescission

Last Modified: 16-Apr-2007

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