On the Public Health Insurance Marketplaces: Developments Week of June 17

June 24, 2013

In our second installment of the “On the State Exchanges Series,” you will learn about new insurance carriers added to state exchanges and news on state-based support systems for the exchanges. The State Exchange Updates Table continues to provide the latest information on carrier participation and plan rates as they occur.

Latest Updates:                                                

Maine– In the federally run marketplace in Maine, two insurance carriers will offer plans in 2014: WellPoint (Anthem Blue Cross) and Maine Community

Maryland– The state-run exchange in Maryland has signed on 13 insurance providers. Six will offer health plans: Aetna, Coventry, United Health, Care First, Kaiser Permanente, and Evergreen Health Coop. The remaining seven will offer solely dental insurance, BEST Life and Health Insurance Co., Delta, DentaQuest Mid-Atlantic Inc., Dominion Dental Services Inc., Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., and United Concordia.

California– California’s Health Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, has recommended removing Anthem Blue Cross from the states small business marketplace due to excessive rate increases. Anthem Blue Cross has raised small business health insurance rates by 17% in the past year. While Jones doesn’t have the power to monitor insurer’s rates, the law gives him the right to recommend the removal of insurers with a pattern of excessive rate increases from the exchange. This decision will not affect Anthem Blue Cross’s place on the state’s individual marketplace.

A bill was passed in the California state senate last week to increase transparency on the Covered California state exchange. The bill will require the exchange to make more of the contract information publically available.

Colorado– Colorado is providing $17 million to 58 organizations that will form the state’s “assistance network,” a network of organizations that will aid in enrolling participants into the exchange.

Minnesota-The call center for Minnesota’s new health insurance marketplace will be operational Sept. 3 to help prepare consumers for buying coverage when open enrollment begins.

Connecticut– Connecticut’s health insurance exchange has officially launched its state wide marketing campaign. Ads will soon appear on television, newspapers, digital media and radio to get residents thinking about the new health insurance marketplace, known as Access Health CT.

More state exchange plans and pricing information: State Exchange Updates Table

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