|By DINESH RAMDE, Associated Press|
De Vita described
"We were put together by small-business people, community leaders and ordinary citizens who saw the need for affordable health insurance for that segment of market that wasn't being well-served," he said.
Most of the 2,200 people who have signed up so far are individuals, he said. However, he said it was too early to provide a breakdown of the enrollees' demographics.
About 75 to 80 percent of the enrollees signed up through the federal HealthCare.gov exchange, De Vita said.
He also predicted that by the following year,
He attributed his confidence in part to the popularity of other industry cooperatives in
"In some other states, one carrier has 80 percent market share. In the state of
"That's just one factor," he said. He cited other cost factors, including the insurer's cost efficiency, the quality of its health plans, the benefits and services offered and the demographics of the individuals covered. "There are a lot of moving parts. You have to take everything into account."
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