Healthy NY Health Plan Selection
Oct 11th, 2011
There are 14 health insurance carriers providing coverage under the Healthy NY program:
- Easy Choice
- GHI (HMO & EPO)
- Health Net
- Health Now
- Independent Health
- Managed Health
- United HealthCare
Empire, Excellus, and Oxford provide coverage for 60% of the Healthy NY members. These three providers have significantly grown in Healthy NY for the past five years. However, it wasn’t favorable to other providers such as Aetna, Health Now, HIP, and Independent Health. United HealthCare even had to leave the program.
Enrollment for these carriers varies greatly among member types (individual, self-employed, small business). The survey shows that half of GHI and MVP’s Healthy NY members are from small business groups. Easy Choice Healthy NY on the other hand has only about 12% of its membership from small businesses.
In terms of health care plan selection, the HMO plan without prescription coverage has recently become the plan of choice for individuals and sole proprietors. In fact, as of 2010 30% of sole proprietors and 25% of individuals choose this type of plan. Only a few pick high-deductible health plans. Throughout New York, only about 7% of individual members and only about 2% from small business groups choose to enroll with high deductible health plans.
The members’ choice of the health plans they choose to enroll in is greatly influenced by the plan’s premium rate. This is also the factor that keeps members in the same plan. Other reasons include familiarity with the provider (being enrolled with them before), the company’s good reputation, and the health care provider network.
A survey among Healthy NY members was conducted in the summer of 2010. Respondents were asked to rate their level of satisfaction with their Healthy NY coverage. CDPHP and IHA members were the ones who gave the highest satisfaction ratings. Members enrolled in Empire, GHI, and Oxford generally also had high satisfaction ratings.
Healthy NY health insurance plans have streamlined benefits regardless of carrier but their rates vary according to your area or insurance carrier. From 2006 – 2010, Empire had the highest annual premium increase at 70%. Health Net had the lowest increase at 16%. Because of the increase in premiums, members start choosing another plan under the same carrier.
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