The organizers of the new, nonprofit, member-owned co-op plans say the big, established carriers seem to be worried enough to try to squash them.

Dominant carriers in some states seem to be using predatory pricing strategies to drive rates unrealistically low, and carriers in at least 12 states seem to be re-enrolling customers in coverage in ways that could distort the public exchange risk pool in 2014, according to the National Alliance of State Health CO-OPs.

NASHCO — the trade group for Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans — made those allegations in a written presentation included in a materials packet prepared for the summer meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. 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 at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.