Colorado Division of Insurance Releases First Look at Health Plans for 2015

The Colorado Division of Insurance released preliminary information this week from plans submitted by health insurers for Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage in 2015. Rate and benefit information for the 2015 plan year was submitted to the Division of Insurance (DOI) on June 6th. Since that time, DOI staff has been conducting initial reviews to check the filings for completeness.

According to the preliminary study of rate filings provided by the DOI, Colorado residents and small businesses could face anywhere from a 10 percent increase in their health insurance premiums next year to a 10 percent drop in prices.

Commissioner of Insurance Marguerite Salazar commented, “We are pleased to see such a high number of carriers and plans. Rates seem to be holding relatively steady, which means we will continue to see a strong market in 2015 that will provide Colorado consumers with many options for health insurance.”

Over the summer, the Division of Insurance staff will examine each plan to make sure it is in compliance with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and state and federal laws. The DOI will review the rates to ensure they are not excessive or inadequate. In addition, the DOI will also verify whether the plans meet the federally defined metal tier coverage levels: bronze (60% of medical expenses paid by the plan), silver (70%), gold (80%) and platinum (90%). These percentages are referred to as “actuarial value.” 

During the review period, Colorado consumers can submit public comments on the filings, which will be reviewed and considered by the Division of Insurance. The DOI will complete its review in September, then notify carriers and Connect for Health Colorado of the approved plans for 2015. Once approved, final plans will be posted on the DOI’s website. DOI will also provide summary information and charts detailing the number of approved carriers and plans for 2015, both on and off Connect for Health Colorado. Read the press release from the DOI here.  
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