Iowa & Nebraska Credit Unions Partnering with CoOportunity Health Announced

DES MOINES, IA (July 12, 2013) — More than 40 credit unions in Iowa and Nebraska serving approximately 367,000 credit union members, or 25 percent of the total membership in Iowa and Nebraska, have announced they are partnering with CoOportunity Health to offer affordable, consumer-friendly and high-quality health insurance options for individuals, families and businesses starting this fall. Additional credit unions are deciding whether to participate over the next several weeks.

As announced previously, Iowa and Nebraska credit unions will be the exclusive financial institution distribution channel for CoOportunity Health when open enrollment for health insurance begins Oct. 1, 2013.

Participating Iowa and Nebraska credit unions will provide member outreach and education on healthcare reform while making CoOportunity Health’s insurance products available to individuals, families and businesses. Another benefit of the partnership is that credit union Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) can be established when a prospect enrolls in a qualified high-deductible health insurance plan through CoOportunity Health.

“Credit union enrollment in year one of this partnership has exceeded our expectations,” said Dave Lyons, CEO, CoOportunity Health. “CoOportunity Health’s mission and philosophy are perfectly aligned with credit unions and we believe that by working together, we will have a tremendous impact by educating Iowans and Nebraskans on the pending changes in healthcare while providing them a new, member-focused choice for health insurance.”

Like credit unions, CoOportunity Health is a not-for-profit organization. CoOportunity Health is a new health insurance CO-OP (Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan) that was created as part of the Affordable Care Act to create new competition and new choice for consumers. It is one of 24 CO-OPs approved nationwide, but the only one to serve Iowa and Nebraska. CoOportunity Health is managed by and for its members. Any savings will be used to increase member benefits and lower premiums, similar to the mission of credit unions.

“Credit unions have long served as trusted advisors in their local communities. CoOportunity Health will serve that role as well. Through this partnership, our members and those who seek out membership will have access to vital information and new health insurance options at a time of great confusion and need,” said Patrick S. Jury, CEO/President, ICUL. “Together, there will be no one in the health insurance market more focused on consumer well-being than CoOportunity Health and credit unions.”

Jury encouraged non-credit union members who will be shopping for health insurance this fall to consider joining their local credit union.

CoOportunity Health will begin enrollment in October 2013 with effective dates of Jan. 1, 2014. CoOportunity Health is licensed to do business in Iowa and Nebraska offering health insurance solutions on the Iowa and Nebraska Health Insurance Marketplaces (Exchanges) for individuals, families and small groups, as well as offering off-Exchange health plans for all under 65 market segments.

The 44 credit unions who have already signed up to participate include:

Iowa Credit Unions

1st Gateway Credit Union, Camanche

Ace Community Credit Union, Ames

Advantage Credit Union, Newton

Alliant Credit Union, Dubuque

Ascentra Credit Union, Bettendorf

Capitol View Credit Union, Des Moines

Casebine Community Credit Union, Burlington

Cedar Falls Community Credit Union, Cedar Falls

Community Choice Credit Union, Johnston

Consumers Credit Union, Denison

Des Moines Metro Credit Union, Des Moines

Dubuque Teachers Credit Union, Dubuque

Dupaco Community Credit Union, Dubuque

EdCo Community Credit Union, Des Moines

Greater Iowa Credit Union, Ames

Members Community Credit Union, Muscatine

Metco Credit Union, Cedar Rapids

Midland Credit Union, Urbandale

Nishna Valley Credit Union, Atlantic

Northwestern Employees Credit Union, Council Bluffs

Peoples Credit Union, Webster City

The Cornerstone Community Credit Union, Des Moines

The Family Credit Union, Davenport

Town & Country Credit Union, Harlan

Tradesmen Community Credit Union, Des Moines

United Credit Union, Council Bluffs

United Service Credit Union, West Des Moines

Nebraska Credit Unions

Ameritas Employees Credit Union, Lincoln

Archer Cooperative Credit Union, Archer

First Lincoln Federal Credit Union, Lincoln

Fremont First Central Federal Credit Union, Fremont

Greater Omaha Federal Credit Union, Omaha

Heartland Area Federal Credit Union, Omaha

K.R.D. Federal Credit Union, McCook

Kearney Eaton Employees Federal Credit Union, Kearney

Kearney Federal Credit Union, Kearney

Liberty First Credit Union, Lincoln

LINCONE Federal Credit Union, Lincoln

Meadow Grove Federal Credit Union, Meadow Grove

Neighborhood Community Federal Credit Union, Omaha

North Platte Union Pacific Employees Credit Union, North Platte

Omaha Douglas Federal Credit Union, Omaha

Omaha Federal Credit Union, Omaha

People’s Choice Federal Credit Union, Lincoln

About the Iowa Credit Union League (
The Iowa Credit Union League is the trade association that represents the interests of Iowa credit unions and their more than one million members. Credit unions are not-for-profit, financial cooperatives owned and operated by their members. Iowans use their credit union membership to receive higher interest rates on savings and lower interest rates on loans. For more information on ICUL and Iowa credit unions, visit Follow ICUL on Twitter at or on Facebook at learn more about credit unions, visit

About the Nebraska Credit Union League (
The Nebraska Credit Union League is the trade association representing 96 percent of Nebraska’s 72 credit unions and their 425,000 members. Credit unions are not-for-profit financial institutions that are owned by their members and federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. A credit union’s board of directors is made up of volunteers who have been elected by the membership of the credit union. To learn more visit

About CoOportunity Health (
CoOportunity Health is the only multistate health insurance CO-OP in the U.S. CoOportunity Health began operations in February 2012 following approval by the federal government. The company is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is licensed to do business in both Iowa and Nebraska. CoOportunity Health has strategic business alliances with HealthPartners Administrators, Inc., which provides health plan administrative services, and Midlands Choice, a multistate Preferred Provider (PPO) network headquartered in Omaha.
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