MANCHESTER—Minuteman Health’s (www.minutemanhealth.org) 2017 New Hampshire premiums are the least expensive across all metallic tiers of the four carriers on the HealthCare.gov exchange, and the company’s members will pay the lowest increases over 2016 rates.
Minuteman’s 2017 rates will increase an average of 4.2 percent, compared to an 11.1 percent increase for Harvard Pilgrim and 13.9 percent increase for Anthem, as reported by the Manchester Union Leader. The most expensive Minuteman Silver plan is 15 percent less expensive than the closest competitor Silver plan, and the most expensive Minuteman plan of all—it’s new top-tier HMO Platinum Extra Value plan—is less expensive than the closest competitor’s lower-tier Gold plan. The Platinum Extra Value Plan was created to provide extra support and health benefits to consumers living with chronic health conditions like asthma, hypertension and diabetes.
Minuteman Vice President of New Sales and Retention Keith Ledoux said the carrier’s 2017 rates reflect a disciplined approach to building a network of high-quality, lower-cost providers.
“We set out from the beginning to build a select network that excludes high-cost providers in order to keep prices down and to maximize value for our members. We’re very pleased to be able to offer New Hampshire residents such a strong network at price points significantly below our competitors on the exchange,” Ledoux said.
Minuteman Health, Inc. is non-profit health maintenance organization (HMO) committed to removing inefficiencies from today’s health insurance system to provide high-quality care, cut administrative costs and reduce premiums for individuals and businesses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Minuteman Health’s In-Plan Provider network includes over 11,300 hospitals, physicians, and specialists who provide high quality care at lower costs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Updates on Minuteman Health’s evolving provider network can be found at www.minutemanhealth.org.
Minuteman is marketed in Massachusetts through its website, brokers, Health Services Administrators (www.HSAinsurance.com) and the Massachusetts Health Connector. It is marketing in New Hampshire through its website, brokers, and the Federal Healthcare Exchange.
CHOICES members are non-profit as well as investor-owned, health system-sponsored and independent, and newer entrants as well as companies with decades of experience as members of their local communities. The group came together to examine what gaps may exist between the policy intent and the practical reality of the ‘3Rs’ programs today. Such gaps are to be expected in any launch of a new methodology, and CHOICES looks forward to continuing to work productively with CMS to replace old assumptions with the current data.
CHOICES founding members include Minuteman Health, Health New England (Massachusetts), HealthyCT (Connecticut), Land of Lincoln (Illiniois), Melody Health Care (Colorado), New Mexico Health Connections, Evergreen Health (Maryland), Bright Health Plans (Minnesota), Cox Health Plans (Missouri), Medical Associates Health Plans (Iowa), and the National Alliance of State Health CO-OPS (NASHCO).
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