Anthem http://nhpr.org en News Primer: Frisbie Hospital Challenges Anthem's Provider Network http://nhpr.org/post/news-primer-frisbie-hospital-challenges-anthems-provider-network <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>In the pitched political battle over the Affordable Care Act, Republicans and Democrats seem to have found common ground on one issue: Anthem’s so-called narrow network of providers.</p><p>From GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown to Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a wide array of voices have complained that Anthem’s decision to exclude 10 hospitals from its plans sold through the new federal health exchange harms patients.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:09:40 +0000 Todd Bookman 48416 at http://nhpr.org News Primer: Frisbie Hospital Challenges Anthem's Provider Network Regulators Begin Redraft Of 'Narrow Network' Insurance Rules http://nhpr.org/post/regulators-begin-redraft-narrow-network-insurance-rules <p>The Insurance Department kicked off a series of public meetings on Wednesday looking into network adequacy standards, with a focus on health plans that exclude doctors and hospitals.</p><p>Anthem’s ‘narrow network’ plans—the only option available through so-called ObamaCare this year—left out 10 of New Hampshire’s 26 hospitals, forcing some consumers to switch doctors.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Insurance Department found Anthem’s plans met the current standards for coverage, which take into account the distance patients must travel for care.</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:38:40 +0000 Todd Bookman 47276 at http://nhpr.org Regulators Begin Redraft Of 'Narrow Network' Insurance Rules The Sidebar: Hearing To Challenge Anthem's Network Postponed http://nhpr.org/post/sidebar-hearing-challenge-anthems-network-postponed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state insurance department has postponed a hearing this week to consider a challenge to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield's network of providers covered under the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p>Margaret McCarthy, a patient of Frisbie&nbsp;Memorial Hospital in Rochester, has asked the department&nbsp;to require Anthem to include Frisbie in the network.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:13:47 +0000 Brian Wallstin 46335 at http://nhpr.org The Sidebar: Hearing To Challenge Anthem's Network Postponed State To Hear Complaint Against Anthem ACA Plans http://nhpr.org/post/state-hear-complaint-against-anthem-aca-plans <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire's Insurance Department will hear a complaint about the exclusion of a hospital from the network of providers covered under the Affordable Care Act. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A patient at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester says Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's network is inadequate because it does not include Frisbie. Sixteen hospitals are in the network; 10 are not. Anthem has said the "narrow'' network keeps costs down and the state insurance department determined the network meets adequacy standards. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:34:18 +0000 Associated Press 45875 at http://nhpr.org New Insurance Company Plans To Offer Full Network Of Hospitals http://nhpr.org/post/new-insurance-company-plans-offer-full-network-hospitals <p>Massachusetts-based Minuteman Health says New Hampshire’s insurance marketplace is "ripe for disruption." Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:08:41 +0000 Todd Bookman 45325 at http://nhpr.org New Insurance Company Plans To Offer Full Network Of Hospitals Senate Approves Bill To Hold Public Hearings On ACA Insurance Plans http://nhpr.org/post/senate-approves-bill-hold-public-hearings-aca-insurance-plans <p>Health insurance products sold in New Hampshire’s exchange would face public hearings under a bill passed by the Senate.</p><p>Supporters say the hearings will provide transparency about what exactly the plans cover, and which doctors and hospitals are participating. The move comes in direct response to Anthem’s so-called narrow network exchange plans that leave out 10 of the state’s 26 hospitals.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:07:12 +0000 Todd Bookman 45017 at http://nhpr.org Senate Approves Bill To Hold Public Hearings On ACA Insurance Plans Lawmaker Seeks To Expand Anthem's Narrow Network http://nhpr.org/post/lawmaker-seeks-expand-anthems-narrow-network <p>As the only company participating in New Hampshire's insurance exchange, Anthem is facing additional scrutiny for its decision to exclude 10 of the state’s 26 hospitals from the plans it’s selling under so-called Obamacare.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:58:11 +0000 Todd Bookman 42581 at http://nhpr.org Lawmaker Seeks To Expand Anthem's Narrow Network Anthem Gives Customers More Time To Pay First Bill http://nhpr.org/post/anthem-gives-customers-more-time-pay-first-bill <p>Customers who bought health insurance in the new exchange are getting more time to pay their first month’s bill. Anthem Blue Cross says New Hampshire consumers who signed up before the deadline for coverage starting January 1<sup>st</sup> now have until the end of the month to pay their first month’s premium. The deadline was originally today.</p><p>Last week the company’s president acknowledged that many new customers still hadn’t received their insurance ID cards and that a help line was overwhelmed with calls.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:56:30 +0000 Todd Bookman 41906 at http://nhpr.org Anthem Gives Customers More Time To Pay First Bill Anthem Extends Insurance Renewal Date For Second Time http://nhpr.org/post/anthem-extends-insurance-renewal-date-second-time <p>Anthem Blue Cross says it’s extending the renewal date for canceled health insurance plans to December 16.&nbsp;</p><p>Last month, the company sent cancelation notices to 22,000 New Hampshire customers because current plans didn’t satisfy stricter new protections in the Affordable Care Act. Customers looking to renew originally had until November 15 to start the process, though that deadline was pushed back to December 1. Today's announcement gives policyholders an additional two weeks.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:50:16 +0000 NHPR Staff 39153 at http://nhpr.org Anthem Extends Insurance Renewal Date For Second Time Anthem Extends Renewal Date For Customers Who Want To Keep Plans http://nhpr.org/post/anthem-extends-renewal-date-customers-who-want-keep-plans <p>Anthem Blue Cross says it’s extending the renewal date for customers who buy individual policies. The state’s largest health insurance company <strong><a href="http://news.anthem.com/bcp/index.php/articlepreview/index.html/date_has_been_extended_for_members_to_change_their_policy_year_renewal_mont" target="_blank">informed </a></strong>brokers earlier this week that current policyholders who want to keep their plans will have until the end of the month to renew, &nbsp;a two week extension from the original deadline of November 15.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:07:16 +0000 Todd Bookman 38615 at http://nhpr.org Anthem Extends Renewal Date For Customers Who Want To Keep Plans Narrow Network Insurance Plans Could Spark New Regulations http://nhpr.org/post/narrow-network-insurance-plans-could-spark-new-regulations <p></p><p>When Michael Justice was laid off from a local college last year, he lost a job he liked, a paycheck he needed and an insurance plan he relied on.</p><p>At 63, he’s now buying a policy to cover him and his wife. The bill every month is $1,638.</p><p>“It’s more than we pay for mortgage, its more than we pay on property taxes, which in New Hampshire is saying a bit,” says Justice. “It’s more than we pay for heating oil, more than we pay for electricity, more than we pay for water.”</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 36890 at http://nhpr.org Narrow Network Insurance Plans Could Spark New Regulations The Next Big Phase Of The Affordable Care Act http://nhpr.org/post/next-big-phase-affordable-care-act <p>Enrollment begins soon for the on-line health insurance “exchanges” or marketplaces. So far, in this state, only one insurer is taking part…with a product that offers lower cost but a narrower network.&nbsp; We’ll look at the rollout of this one component of Obamacare.and what it could mean for the Granite State.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 35117 at http://nhpr.org The Next Big Phase Of The Affordable Care Act Republicans Criticize Anthem's Plan To Drop Some Hospitals From Network http://nhpr.org/post/republicans-criticize-anthems-plan-drop-some-hospitals-network <p>Anthem Blue Cross is defending its move to reduce the number of hospitals in its network for individuals buying coverage through the new health exchange marketplaces.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:40:25 +0000 Todd Bookman 34442 at http://nhpr.org