40 Square Cooperative Solutions Extends Health Plan Open Enrollment Deadline

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Extended deadline will give Minnesota farm families opportunity to enroll for 2018 coverage

40 Square Cooperative Solutions

We’re dedicated to ensuring every farm family in Minnesota has the opportunity to enroll in a health plan they will own for years to come.

Today 40 Square Cooperative Solutions (40 Square) announced that due to overwhelming demand, it has extended its health insurance open enrollment deadline to December 20, giving farmers an additional five days to enroll in a health insurance plan through the co-op’s health plan consortium.

“Late harvest posed a challenge for open enrollment this year,” said Charlene Vrieze, project manager for 40 Square. “Farmers told us they were committed to signing up for a 40 Square health plan, but needed to tend to their crops first. Now that harvest is complete, we’ve been swamped with enrollments and recognized additional time will allow every farmer interested in 40 Square to get signed up. It’s been a great problem to have.”

40 Square began organizing for open enrollment season after the state legislature recognized the need for a new health plan solution for farmers in 2016. Earlier this month the 40 Square Board of Directors officially approved the release of its health plan consortium for 2018 coverage, solidifying a 15-year mission to offer cooperative health plan choices to members of the Minnesota farm community.

Insurance agents are available for walk-in enrollments at cooperative locations in Waconia, Winthrop, Lake Crystal and Lamberton through December 15, and by personal appointments with local agents through December 20. A full list of agent availability, locations and times are listed at 40square.coop.

“We encourage every farmer to visit our website or reach out by phone if they want to work with one of our agent partners to get signed-up. We’re dedicated to ensuring every farm family in Minnesota has the opportunity to enroll in a health plan they will own for years to come,” said Vrieze.

For more information, visit 40Square.coop or call 844-205-9579.

About 40 Square Cooperative Solutions
40 Square is a health plan cooperative providing Minnesota farm families the control to
manage their health care. The initiative was founded by Cooperative Network, the Minnesota and Wisconsin state trade association of cooperatives, and United Farmers Cooperative (UFC), an agricultural supply cooperative based in Winthrop, Minnesota.

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