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Insurer Reaches Health Milestone

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A West Des Moines nonprofit insurance provider set up to sell insurance under nation's new health care overhaul plan says it has surpassed 50,000 individual and group members, a milestone that wasn't expected for at least two years.

CoOportunity Health sells health care insurance in Iowa and Nebraska. It is one of 23 Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans set up nationwide. The cooperatives were designed to assure competition in insurance plans and provide consumers choices.

The company says as of Feb. 24 it has already exceeded enrollment projections not expected to be met until 2016.

Nearly 1,000 employer groups and more than 30,000 individuals in Nebraska and Iowa have purchased coverage from CoOportunity Health for January, February and March effective dates.

Enrollment is open for individuals through March 31.