The 2023 regulated health, dental and small group insurance plan prices were announced last week, following extensive reviews by independent actuaries and the
As premiums rise sharply nationwide, the extension of consumer-friendly subsidies through the Cut Inflation Act, coupled with Delaware’s strong enrollment in 2022 and 2023
“Delawarens are facing rising costs in almost every area of life and are making difficult sacrifices to afford basic necessities – but let me be clear, whatever the financial cost, we we cannot afford to sacrifice our health. We will continue to work to ensure coverage is affordable and accessible to all residents.
Two new health insurers will join the market in 2023. Before tax credits and subsidies, base rates for 21-year-old non-smokers range from
Return of the Affordable Care Act Issuer
The blueprints in the market are split between metal level categories – bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and catastrophic. The plans are based on how enrollees choose to share the costs of care with their insurance companies.
Thirty plans are available for Delawares for the 2023 plan year, and local navigators are available to help choose the right one. Open registration takes place
Insurers are asking for nationwide increases due to inflation, rising healthcare costs and rising drug prices, Navarro’s office said. In
“It is no coincidence that
“The Hospital Price Growth Act, for the first time in our state’s history, has given insurers leverage to negotiate lower costs for consumers while ensuring that hard-working health care providers receive their fair share. We are grateful to have worked with lawmakers and the Primary Care Reform Collaborative to put in place cost containment safeguards to curb rising consumer spending, encourage carrier expansion and ensure the effectiveness of every dollar spent.
With few financial constraints around hospital costs, private insurance plans pay the price, which is, on average, 224% more than health insurance plans, according to the
During the tariff filing process, questions also remained about the expiry of the American Rescue Plan Act grants, which the department lobbied the Delaware congressional delegation to extend. These grants have significantly reduced consumer costs and contributed to the largest Affordable Care Act enrollment in the state ever, a 26.8% year-over-year increase.
If these benefits had expired, healthy consumers who had been incentivized to acquire coverage through the enhanced discounts might have exited the market, reducing the risk pool and unbalancing rates. On
In addition to potential increases in enrollment due to carrier expansion, future growth in participation could come from the unwinding of Medicaid and income eligibility reviews. National efforts are underway to ensure smooth and affordable transitions to market coverage for eligible individuals.
Delta Dental will reduce Affordable Care Act and out-of-market rates by an average of 4%, and Dominion Dental will increase Affordable Care Act premiums by 2.2%. Rates for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.’s small group out-of-market dental plans will remain at their current levels.
The return of Highmark’s out-of-market small group plans will increase by an average of 2.4%, Optimum Choice plans will increase by 2.7% and