The National Alliance of State Health CO-OPs (NASHCO) is the trade association for the non-profit health insurance CO-OP industry. Itself a nonprofit corporation, NASHCO was initially formed by volunteers after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and was designed to promote the development and success of health insurance CO-OPs. Once several CO-OPs were approved by the federal government, they decided to adopt NASHCO as their association. All health insurance CO-OPs that have signed loan agreements with the Department of Health and Human Services are currently members and directors of NASHCO. NASHCO is helping to facilitate a new way of accessing care using the cooperative governance model. In the last four years, NASHCO has hosted multiple conferences to bring together those interested in the innovations and member governance models of CO-OPs, including health care policy experts, administration officials and congressional staff, health care industry professionals, and employer groups and consumer advocates.
For more information, this background document has additional information on NASHCO and CO-OPs.