MANCHESTER 1/14/2015 – Minuteman Health (www.minutemanhealth.org) has expanded its provider network by more than 80 percent since the start of the current enrollment period, the company announced today.
Once the recently-contracted providers complete their credentialing phase, Minuteman’s network will grow to nearly 1800 providers in nine of the state’s 10 counties, compared to 997 providers last November, when open enrollment began.
Minuteman’s rapid network growth and low premiums have triggered a surge of consumer interest in the company’s plans, regional vice president of operations and executive director Scott Colby said.
“There’s no doubt that our network growth and our desirable price points are attracting significant notice from consumers shopping on the exchange,” Colby said. “Many of our newer providers have told us they joined our network after being asked by patients about our plans and our provider base.”
Consumers can save 15 percent to 53 percent on Minuteman plans compared to the other four carriers on the health care exchange on the lowest cost bronze plans offered in any county in the Minuteman New Hampshire service area. A family of four, with non-smoking parents age 40 and two non-smoking children under 21, would pay $6,768 annually for a Minuteman Bronze plan, compared to similar plans from Anthem BCBS ($8,040), Harvard Pilgrim ($8,592), Community Health Options ($9,408) and Assurant Health ($14,292).
Minuteman members have access to physicians and hospitals in the company’s Massachusetts network in addition to the New Hampshire network.
From the beginning we have pledged to offer New Hampshire residents a new kind of health care combining great providers with competitive prices and a fresh approach to member satisfaction. I’m proud to say we’re doing exactly that,” Colby said.
Minuteman Health is a new member-governed, non-profit health insurance option for Massachusetts’ residents. The company intends to offer individuals and small businesses lower-cost high-quality care with unprecedented transparency, increased efficiency and its unique member-governance structure. Plan members will directly participate by electing the board of directors, becoming board members and providing input for cost management and service delivery. Minuteman will be marketed through their website, brokers and the Massachusetts Health Connector.
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