40 Square has been the collective mission of health care advocates for more than a decade. Cooperative Network, the Minnesota and Wisconsin state trade association of cooperatives and United Farmers Cooperative, an agricultural supply cooperative based in Winthrop, Minnesota, has been striving for member-owned health plan options for Minnesota farm families and their employees since 2004. Putting this idea into motion, 40 Square Cooperative Solutions was created and registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State in 2009.
With recent legislative changes, 40 Square Cooperative Solutions, is excited to sponsor a joint self-insurance plan that will be funded through a trust. (The joint self-insurance plan and trust is also known as the 40 Square Consortium Health Plan or “Consortium.”)