Insurance Commissioner Highlights Increased Consumer Choice in Delaware Valley at ACA Rate Filing Information Event

Insurance Commissioner Highlights Increased Consumer Choice in Delaware Valley at ACA Rate Filing Information Event

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman met with residents and health professionals recently at the Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc. in Philadelphia to highlight the positive local impact of the newly released 2019 rate filings for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

The Insurance Department publicly released the 2019 rate filings for individual and small group health insurance plans on July 23.

Altman explained that consumers in the Delaware Valley will see more health insurers offering coverage in the individual market during this year’s open enrollment period for 2019.

“The Philadelphia region has a very robust and competitive health insurance market, which means consumers have more options, both in terms of plan offerings and affordability,” Altman said. “As individuals and families begin to think about enrolling or re-enrolling in the individual market this fall, I urge them to shop around and explore the plan that best fits their needs.”

Specifically, the number of individual market issuers will increase from one to three in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties and from one to two in Delaware and Chester counties.

“We see every day how much having the security of health insurance coverage means and the importance of having affordable options, and the trained and certified enrollment assisters at community health centers across Pennsylvania are here to help,” said Patricia Deitch, president and CEO of Delaware Valley Community Health. “Simply call the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers toll-free at 866-944-CARE to find a source of free and unbiased enrollment assistance near you. PACHC can also help you connect to a community health center near you for quality, affordable primary medical, dental or mental health care.”

chart of the rate filings and maps detailing the impact by county are available on the Insurance Department’s website, www.insurance.pa.gov.

Rate requests reviewed by the department for the 2019 plan year are due to the federal government in August, and final approved rates will be made public in the fall.

Public comment on rate requests and filings will be accepted through Aug. 22 and can be emailed to [email protected].

For more information on health insurance rates and how they are filed, visit www.insurance.pa.gov. and click on Health.

Source: PA Insurance Department

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