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Harsdorf Joins Bipartisan Effort to Advance Co-Op Care

Thursday, August 28th, 2008 at 6:45 am

Harsdorf Joins Bipartisan Effort to Advance Co-Op Care

(State Capitol, Madison) State Senator Sheila Harsdorf joined a bipartisan effort to help emerging health care cooperatives get assistance through a legislative letter to The Wisconsin Partnership Program. The letter is aimed at urging them to support the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives (WFC) efforts to advance innovative cooperative health care Harsdorf successfully authored.

A regional cooperative that Harsdorf helped initiate is now moving to provide cooperative care to small businesses in northwest Wisconsin. A steering committee has formed the beginnings of the Cooperative Health Choices of Western Wisconsin. Information and a survey can be found online at: www.unitedscv.com/chchealth.htm.

Co-Op Care can help expand choices and reduce costs for working families and job providers,” said Harsdorf. “Emerging cooperatives can benefit from the expertise and resources WFC offers.”

Health care cooperatives have been held up as a model for national reform and drawn bipartisan praise. The first statewide cooperative, designed by the WFC for farmers and agribusinesses, exceed expectations with over 2,000 members at the end of its first year. The one year anniversary celebration in Eau Claire drew praise from state lawmakers, including State Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), who called this cooperative a “shining example” and initiated the letter to The Wisconsin Partnership Program.

The recent local efforts by chambers, business leaders, and the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation are to be applauded,” said Harsdorf. “They are working to bring about change in how health care is delivered to benefit working families and job providers. Improving choice, affordability, and access to health care is critical to helping our region’s economy.”

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