The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), has released the preliminary premium information for individuals (not from an employer) and small group health plans for 2021.
Earlier this month, the DOI released preliminary information on the number of companies and plans for 2021. These submitted filings are now available for public comment through Aug. 26. Find more information about all of the preliminary plans and premiums for 2021 submitted by insurance companies at the DOI’s “Health Insurance Plan Filings” website.
“Saving people money on health care has never been more important and I’m proud the reinsurance program will help bring more relief to hardworking people during this challenging time for many individuals and families across our state by keeping premiums down by an average of 17% in the individual insurance market,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We keep working to prevent Coloradans from being ripped off on health care costs and I’m excited to have worked with the legislature to extend and build on the success of the bipartisan reinsurance program.”
The reinsurance program will again be in place for 2021 for individual health insurance plans (meaning plans not from an employer), and our team has calculated that for 2021, the program will save Coloradans an average of 17.4% over what the premiums would have been without reinsurance. This will be the second year of the program established by the 2019 legislation, HB19-1168, and approved by the federal government in 2019. Recent legislation (SB20-215) will extend the reinsurance program for an additional five years.
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Reinsurance works by paying a portion of high-cost claims, allowing insurance companies to lower the premiums for individual health insurance plans. As the reinsurance program brings health insurance premiums down, the amount of money the federal government spends on Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax credits also goes down. But rather than letting the federal government pocket the money, the federal government passes that money through to the state to fund the reinsurance program and maintain lower premiums and market stability. For more information, visit the DOI’s “Reinsurance Program” webpage.
Based on the information that the insurance companies have submitted, the overall average change in premiums for the individual market will be a 2.2% increase over 2020 premiums. These are the health insurance plans available on Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health exchange made possible by the ACA.
“Our reinsurance program continues to save people money on health care,” said Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway. “While our current situation makes many aspects of our lives uncertain, we continue our work to keep premiums down for Coloradans. The reinsurance program is keeping premiums more affordable, particularly in the higher cost areas in the mountains, Western Slope and Eastern Plains. And over the summer, the DOI team will thoroughly review this information, especially the assumptions around COVID-19 that the insurance companies have built into these premiums.”
Keep in mind that the information below on the plans and requested premium changes is only what the insurance companies have requested, not what has been approved for 2021. The Division will spend the rest of summer reviewing this information to make sure that changes in premiums are justified and that the plans comply with state and federal regulations. Final, approved plans and premiums will be made available in early fall.
Source: Fox21 News