The final regulations for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program are similar to the draft version of the CO-OP regulations posted in July, according to Paul Keckley.

Keckley, executive director at the Deloitte Center for Health Care Solutions, Washington, says in a comment on the final CO-OP rule, which is set to appear in the Federal Register Tuesday, that one of the most notable features is the definitions regulators use.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is deveoping CO-OP program regulations in an effort create a new breed of nonprofit, member-owned 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.