Health
4:52 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

More Hospitals, More Choices Coming To Health Exchange

Credit N.H. Insurance Department

Consumers will have more than 50 plans to choose from next year on the Affordable Care Act health exchange, according to the New Hampshire Insurance Department.

During the first of two public hearings, department officials on Tuesday said five insurance companies will compete in the marketplace in 2015.

Anthem was the only participant this year, and it’s decision to include just 16 of the state’s 26 hospitals in its network sparked frustration even among supporters of the health law.

That will change in 2015, when every hospital in the state will be included in at least three insurance company networks.

All plans still need final approval from both state and federal regulators, and rates likely won’t be released until mid- November.

More than 40,000 consumers in New Hampshire signed up for coverage through the marketplace (healthcare.gov) in the first enrollment period, far outpacing a federal government target.