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Health co-op extends deadline to June 19

The deadline to submit a series of documents for inclusion in a regional health cooperative has been extended to Friday, June 19.

"The extension is based on the growing response from prospective members of the cooperative," said William Rubin, a representative of Cooperative Health Choices of Western Wisconsin. "We want to include as many lives in the initial pool for the health insurance coverage."

Prospective members of the co-op must complete and return confidential health questionnaires, a checklist/acknowledgment, and business associate contract. The documents are available at and should be returned to Cooperative Health Choices of Western Wisconsin, 808 Carmichael Road #298, Hudson WI 54016.

Rubin said the health co-op covers 17 counties in western, west central and northwest Wisconsin. Prospective members include large and small businesses, non-profit organizations, the self-employed, business partnerships, rural utility cooperatives, trade and labor organizations, and local units of government, including towns, villages, cities, counties and school districts.

CHC was formed in late 2008 and will provide health insurance to its members on Oct 1, 2009. CHC's service territory includes Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Washburn counties.

For more information, contact William Rubin, St. Croix Economic Development Corp., at (715) 381-4383.