Not surprisingly, consumers saw a plenty of bumps and “glitches” in the first week of sales of health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace. Supporters blame the problems on huge demand for the new plans; ACA opponents say it’s just one more example of government ineptitude. The truth is probably somewhere in between.
Meanwhile here in Texas, one analysis found that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is selling 4,572 plans across the bronze, silver, gold, and platinum tiers, plus some limited catastrophic plans for those under 30. That means BCBSTX is selling almost 70 percent of the 6,722 different plans that Texans could buy through the marketplace. The 10 other insurers selling products through the marketplace here are: First Care Health Plan (selling 540 plans), Scott & White Health Plan (408), Aetna (343), Cigna (337), Centene (324), Humana (120), Community Health Choice (27), Sendero (24), Molina (18), and Community First (9).
Finally, be sure to keep with TMA’s “Hey Doc” campaign, which is providing objective answers to marketplace questions for you and your patients. This week’s content focuses on the nuts and bolts of signing up.