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  • Learn about Arizona's only health-care cooperative under Obama Care

    May 07, 2013 | Read More News
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    A health-care executive involved in the creation of the only health-care cooperative to participate in the health insurance exchange in Arizona under the Affordable Care Act will speak at the Pima County Workforce Investment Board meeting on Friday, May 10. Health Care Act

    Health-care cooperatives are expected to offer coverage primarily to individuals and to companies or organizations with fewer than 100 full-time employees.

    Jean Tkachyk is the Chief Operating Officer at Compass Cooperative Health Network, which was awarded a $93 million federal loan to set up the new health-care cooperative. Jean is also a partner in Eastwick Strategy Group, a health-care consulting company and formerly the Chief Financial Officer of University Physicians Healthcare (now part of The University of Arizona Health Network).

    The meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. in Rooms 109-112 at Pima Community College’s Community Campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave. It usually concludes by 9 a.m. and is open to the public.

    The Affordable Care Act aims to expand health-care coverage through the creation of state-based health insurance exchanges where people will be able to compare and purchase coverage. Beginning in October 2013, people who do not have access to health insurance through an employer, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program will be able to purchase health plans through these exchanges. The new coverage will take effect in January 2014.

    The Affordable Care Act also created a health-care cooperative program to improve consumer choice and increase competition. The federal government awarded nearly $2 billion in loans to help create cooperatives in 24 states.

    The Pima County Workforce Investment Board is authorized by the Department of Labor and appointed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to provide recommendations on local workforce policy and oversight of the Pima County One-Stop Career Center that connects eligible job-ready youth, adult and dislocated workers in local growth, high-demand industry occupations. It includes representatives of local businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions.