- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - While other states have seen mixed results with consumer-run co-ops selling insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law, it will be a while before New Hampshire discovers whether that kind of business model will work.

For now, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire is the only company selling health insurance through the new marketplace created by the law. But the state insurance department recently took the first step toward approving a nonprofit co-op, issuing a license to Massachusetts-based Minuteman Health.

In other states, the co-ops and smaller nonprofits have ended up with only minuscule shares of the market, raising questions about the competition and affordability the Obama administration envisioned. A co-op in Maine, however, is bucking the trend, capturing nearly 80 percent of the market there.