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The MSBA's Business Law and Health Law Sections Present


"The Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OP) Section of the Affordable Care Act and What it Could Mean for Minnesota"

Join your MSBA Business and Health Law Section colleagues for a discussion of Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act which seeks to create new health insurer competition by incentivizing the creation of new IRS Code Section 501(c)(29) nonprofit health insurers through $6 billion in federal loans and grants. This provision is known as the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan provision or CO-OP. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is expected to begin awarding up to $6 billion in CO-OP grants and loans beginning later this fall to applicants across the country, including Minnesota, and the new nonprofit insurers receiving these loans and grants are entitled to be listed on state health care purchasing exchanges.


William L. Oemichen , President & CEO, Cooperative Network
William L. Oemichen is an attorney and President & CEO of Cooperative Network. He is one of the 15 members appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to serve on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Board on Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OP).

Barb Tretheway, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, HealthPartners
Prior to joining HealthPartners, Tretheway practiced law at Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty and Bennett, P.A. in Minneapolis. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, Wisconsin State Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association and the International Society of Certified Benefits Specialists. She is a member of the board of directors of Dakota Communities, Inc. and is a member of the Park Nicollet Medical Center Institutional Review Board.

1.5 hours of Standard CLE credits approved
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Date:   Friday, April 15, 2011
Time:    7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Nicollet Island Inn
95 Merriam Street, Minneapolis

Join your colleagues for breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.


Section Members:  $15.00
MSBA Members (But Not Business or Health Section Members):  $20.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $25.00
Law Students:  Free

Participation by web and audio is available. Request instructions when you register or contact Elyse Farnsworth at or 612-278-6336 on or before April 12, 2011.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336