What Is A Cooperative?
Cooperatives are businesses formed by members. By joining a cooperative, members increase their purchasing power and access to buy or sell goods and services at a fair price.
The Benefits of Joining a Cooperative
Cooperatives seek to maximize benefits to its members who participate in the cooperative. For The Alliance, that means focusing on helping employers achieve savings on health costs. When a cooperative makes a profit, it returns a portion of it back to each member based on the level of their participation. This is what we refer to as our Cooperative Shareholder Benefit, or patronage dividend, paid to our members annually.
Joining The Alliance cooperative grants you exclusive partnerships, initiatives, and programs offered by The Alliance to help you improve the health and wellness of your employees and manage your health costs and benefits.
What Makes The Alliance Cooperative Different?
As part of The Alliance, our members play an important role in keeping costs down, because the more members we serve, the better we are able to negotiate higher-quality care at lower prices. Additionally, sharing ideas and concerns with The Alliance and other like-minded employers and brokers allows us to innovate the way health care is bought and sold. By joining The Alliance, you’ll also have the opportunity to serve on our Board of Directors (or vote to elect them), and receive a portion of The Alliance profits as part of our Cooperative Shareholder Benefit.
Partnerships, Programs, and Products
Here’s a few initiatives and partnerships you’ll gain access to as part of The Alliance cooperative:
- Smarter NetworksSM to give you and your employees access to the right networks.
- Smarter HealthSM to guide you make more informed benefit plan design decisions.
- QualityPath® and Bundled Services for Select Surgeries and Tests to help keep costs down.
- High-Value Primary Care
- ShareCap™ Medical Stop-Loss Captive to help you capture more savings from your self-funding investment.
- Health Policy, including membership in the American Benefits Council to provide timely and objective information to members, become a resource to public policy makers, and take action on issues that are consistent with our mission and likely to impact members of The Alliance.
- National CooperativeRx
- Delta Dental and DeltaVision
- National Network Access
- Stop-Loss Solutions
- The Alliance Workers’ Compensation Solution
- The Wellness Council of Wisconsin
- The American Benefits Council
- Michael Best Strategies
- The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions
- The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC)
- RAND Corporation
- Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN)
- Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO)
- Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WHCQ)
"The Alliance has proven to be a true partner with the same goals of our organization"
– Kevin Lamp, Fall River Group