Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle signed legislation creating five regional health insurance purchasing cooperatives, saying they will help farm families and self-employed workers receive cheaper healthcare coverage. The legislation, which was approved by both the Senate and Assembly in November, requires the cooperatives to have at least 5,000 members. The purchasing alliances will work to negotiate directly with health plans for insurance coverage, which could lead to better coverage, lower premiums and improved delivery, the governor said. "This legislation will help farm families lower healthcare costs and bring affordable health insurance to those who need it most," Doyle said at the bill signing. -- by Patrick Reilly
Wis. governor signs insurance pool law
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