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CONSUMER ALERT – July 26, 2019
Insurance Commissioner Warns Consumers
Of Unlicensed ‘Health Plans’

The Connecticut Insurance Department, along with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) issued a warning to anyone considering a health care sharing ministries (HCSMs), discount plans, or risk-sharing plans to take the time to fully understand the coverage before they purchase. These offerings are not full-blown health plans, are not ACA compliant and do not fall under the jurisdiction of state or federal regulators. For a description of these plans, see the NAIC.

Insurance Commissioner Andrew N. Mais reminds consumers to always be cognizant how a health plan works before signing up. Consumers should shop around for a health plan that best suits their needs and budget.

“Consumers should research, prior to purchasing a plan, if it comes with protections required by Connecticut and/or federal law and is marketed by a licensed insurance carrier or licensed broker in Connecticut,” Commissioner Mais said.

Consumers are inundated with increased advertising and marketing for products that may not be health insurance, or are not approved or licensed in the state and may not have the required consumer protections. These products are being marketed on TV, the Internet and through social media and telemarketers.

“These so-called ‘health plans’ are marketing everywhere,” Mais said.

Anyone with questions can contact the Connecticut Insurance Department by email at or by calling 860-297-3900.

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About the Connecticut Insurance Department: The mission of the Department is to protect consumers through regulation of the industry, outreach, education and advocacy. In FY 2018, the Department recovered more than $4.5 million on behalf of consumers and regulates the industry by ensuring carriers adhere to state insurance laws and regulations and are financially solvent to pay claims. The Department’s annual budget is funded through assessments from the insurance industry. For every dollar of direct expense, the Department brings in about $8.35 to the state in revenues. In FY 2018, the Department returned more than $145 million in assessments, fees, fines and penalties, and taxes to the state’s General Fund.
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