The Consumer Oriented and Operated Program (CO-OP) plans might have a chance to survive, according to Jordan Battani.

Battani, a principal researcher at Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), Falls Church, Va., discusses the factors that could affect CO-OP plan performance in a commentary distributed by CSC — a company that could provide technology and consulting services for the plans.

Drafters of the Patient Protectio and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) included the CO-OP provision to compromise between advocates of creating a Medicare-like "public option" plan and advocates for protecting the current role of non-government health plans.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.