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Press Releases - October 18, 2018

 Contact: Donna Tommelleo, 860-297-3958
How Does Your Health Plan Stack Up?
CID’s Annual Report Card Helps Consumers Compare

Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade today announced that the 2018 Consumer Report Card on Health Plans in Connecticut provides an updated snapshot of 12 health carriers in the Connecticut marketplace to help consumers make informed choices when choosing a health plan.

“The Department’s annual Report Card is designed to deliver side-by-side comparisons of health carriers across a variety of quality measures, including coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment,” Commissioner Wade said. “The latest Report Card takes a look back at data points from 2017 coverage year and is one of the resources the Department offers to help inform consumers.”

Among the trends identified in this issue are:

  • Total enrollment over 2.2 million, a slight increase from 2016.
  • 83.5 percent of those covered (1.85 million people) get their insurance from large group plans
  • 131,000 people have individual plans (5.9 percent)
  • 235,000 people are covered under small group plans (10.6 percent)
  • There was an increase in the number of primary care providers, specialists and pharmacies participating in health plan networks
  • Customers surveyed said they were always or usually able to see a specialist or get routine care as soon as they wanted

“With open enrollment beginning November 1, the Report Card can serve as useful tool as consumers contemplate their choices,” Commissioner Wade said. “I encourage consumers with questions about their health insurance or any insurance-related matter to contact the Department.”

About the Connecticut Insurance Department: The mission of the Connecticut Insurance Department is to protect consumers through regulation of the industry, outreach, education and advocacy. The Department recovers an average of $4 million yearly 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. Each year, the Department returns an average of $100 million a year to the state General Fund in license fees, premium taxes, fines and other revenue sources to support various state programs, including childhood immunization.
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