Section 22: Definition of Small Business Group Purchasing Cooperative

As used in this chapter the following words shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly requires otherwise: [unchanged text not shown]

“Small business group purchasing cooperative”, or “group purchasing cooperative”, a Massachusetts nonprofit or not-for-profit corporation or association, approved as a qualified association by the commissioner under section 13, all the members of which are part of a qualified association which negotiates with 1 or more carriers for the issuance of health benefit plans that cover employees, and the employees' dependents, of the qualified association's members.

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Defines "small business group purchasing cooperative" that may be used interchangeably with "group purchasing cooperative" to indicate a nonprofit or not-for-profit corporation or association, certified as a qualified association, that negotiates health coverage for all its members with one or more health plans.