Who is eligible to be a 40 Square Co-op Member?
According to law, you must be considered an “employer” with at least one common law employee. The employer must actively work in production agriculture in Minnesota and file either Form 1065 or Schedule F with their income tax return or provide direct services to production agriculture in Minnesota.
I already belong to a co-op. Do I have to join this one?
Yes. In order to be eligible for the medical coverage offered by the 40 Square Health Plan Consortium, you must first become a member of the 40 Square Cooperative Solutions Cooperative.
What are the costs for joining the co-op?
You must purchase Voting Stock up-front, one-time, in an amount of $100 and Common Stock in the amount of $1,000. The Common Stock purchase will be paid over the first 12 months of membership.
Are my employees required to join the co-op?
No. Membership to the co-op is at the employer level. Employees will not have to join the co-op.
Who is eligible to enroll in the 40 Square health plan?
Persons must be employed by an employer who is a member of the 40 Square Cooperative Solutions’ co-op and meet the 40 Square health plan eligibility rules.
When can I sign up?
Open enrollment begins November 1, 2017 and runs through December 20, 2017.
When does coverage start?
Coverage begins January 1, 2018 for those who enroll during the open enrollment period of November 1, 2017 through December 20, 2017.
Will I get an insurance card?
Yes, medical ID cards will be mailed directly to your home.
What is covered under the plan? What will I have to pay out of pocket?
Please refer to the benefit summaries handout. You can also find additional information at 40Square.coop
Are prescriptions covered?
Yes, prescription drug coverage, through MedTrakRx, as part of all offered health plans.
What will the cost of my premium be?
Premium rates are dependent on a combination of several factors such as age, zip code, medical background, and plan choice. During open enrollment from November 1st through December 20th, you can receive a quote online by providing your demographic information and answering the medical questionnaire. The information provided through the medical questionnaire, along with your age as of 1/1/2018 and zip code are used to establish the rate you will be quoted. The medical questionnaire is confidential and will not be used to decline or limit coverage.
Do I have to pay for my employees or do they pay their own premiums?
The employer is responsible for making payment of premiums for all persons covered through the employer to the health plan. The monthly payments will be paid through an ACH (a.k.a: electronic account draft). The employer is responsible for determining the cost-split of the employer share and employee share, if there is one. There is no requirement for employers to cost-share premiums with their employees under the 40 Square plans.
As an employer, how long must I offer the health plan?
There is a three-consecutive year commitment requirement. If you terminate the health plan offering prior to the end of the three-year commitment, 40 Square Cooperative Solutions may retain all or a portion of your Common Stock purchase, at the discretion of the board.
As an employee, can I cancel my coverage if I don’t like it?
Open enrollment happens once per year and allows you to make changes at that time without a qualifying event. Outside of open enrollment, a qualifying event such as, marriage, divorce, a spouse’s open enrollment (this is not a complete list) is required to make a change mid-year for eligible employees.
Are these offerings Medicare eligible plans?
No, however, future offerings of the cooperative will be determined by the plan board.
Who do I call if I have questions about enrollment or the Medical Plans?
Minnesota licensed insurance agents are available regionally throughout Minnesota by phone or in-person through our partnerships listed here. Please contact them directly to be best paired with an agent in your area.
AdvisorNet 1-800-643-5822 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota Farmers Union Insurance Agency 1-800-229-1064 or email@example.com
Risty Benefits, Inc. 1-605-338-1489
IFC National Marketing 1-800-643-5822 or groupsales@
Who do I call when I have questions or need help post-enrollment?
Once enrolled, you will receive your ID card, which will outline many helpful resources outlined on the back of the card. You can always call 40 Square Cooperative Solutions toll-free at 1-844-205-9579 or reach us by email at info@40Square.coop.
How do I get updated information as it becomes available?
Visit 40Square.coop and under the Contact tab select “sign up to learn more”. You can also send your contact information to info@40Square.coop.