Utah’s first co-op health plan provider cleared by state

As the health care field continues to change, the state has given its approval to a new health care company that plans to bring innovative coverage to Utah.

Arches Health Care was one of many organizations across the country that received federal loans in 2012 to establish a CO-OP, or a Consumer Operated and Oriented Health Plan. With its $85 million loan, the organization will focus on offering direct partnership between physicians and their patients, according to the website.

"The co-op is different in that it is going to be member-owned," said Linn Baker, Arches Health Plan CEO. "In fact, the board of directors will have to be elected by the members in 2015."

Co-op programs are one of many new programs coming to the health care field since the Affordable Care Act was passed. They'll be closely monitored, but the government hopes it brings a new type of coverage to the table.

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