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Rate hike requests will test future of Md. health insurance exchange

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer will have the final say on Maryland’s rates for 2018. (Illustration by Maximilian Franz)

High rate increase requests have left health insurance regulators in Maryland with this challenge: At a time when insurers are pulling out of the individual markets in state after state, how high can you allow them to raise their prices without inflicting ...

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D.C. orders CareFirst rebates; surplus dispute goes to court

Insurance regulators in Washington Wednesday ordered CareFirst to pay $51.3 million in rebates to subscribers in the district, arguing that one of the insurer’s subsidiaries had an excessive surplus in 2011. The order comes a month after CareFirst — which ...

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CareFirst increases rate request for individual market in Md.

CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield, Maryland’s largest health insurer, has asked state regulators to approve larger premium increases for the coming year than it had initially requested. The Maryland Insurance Administration announced Wednesday that CareFirst is now requesting an increase of 27.8 percent ...

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Officials: proposed Md. insurance premiums hike too high

Companies selling health insurance on Maryland’s individual market have asked state regulators to increase their premium rates for 2017, but some health care experts say the carriers’ assumptions about the rising cost of hospital care are off base. Insurers project ...

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CareFirst wants to invest $3 million in telemedicine

Maryland’s largest insurer wants to spend $3 million to use telemedicine – such as video conferencing and electronic devices that monitor patients remotely — to improve access to health care across its service area. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is requesting proposals ...

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Hundreds of Md. employers facing health insurance changes in 2016

Maryland officials have set next year’s premium rates for individual and small-group market health insurance plans, but 2016 will also bring rate changes for hundreds of large employers, officials said. That’s because the threshold for small-group coverage will change from ...

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CareFirst: Team-based care slowing growth in costs

Chet Burrell is CEO of CareFirst. (File)

A CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield program that rewards physicians for providing team-based care helped slow the growth of medical spending and keep patients out of the hospital in 2014, the insurer announced Thursday. CareFirst’s Patient-Centered Medical Home, or PCMH, program organizes ...

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Evergreen Health reaches 21,000 members

Dr. Peter Beilenson, the founder and CEO of Evergreen Health Co-Op. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

This time last year, things were still looking bad for Evergreen Health. After the malfunction-ridden roll-out of Maryland’s health exchange in 2013, the fledgling, nonprofit health insurance co-op had only about, 2,000 members. Now it has about 21,000 members and ...

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