insurers are dealing with their own technical and administrative problems. Plus, they're facing an increasingly frustrated public complaining that insurers can't confirm coverage, aren't providing adequate customer service, and haven't issued identification numbers needed to cover medical services.
Some states are reporting a boost in enrollments in the last few days before the Dec. 23 deadline for consumers to sign up for a plan sold on the health insurance exchanges. But other states still are struggling with technical glitches that hamper enrollments efforts.
It's not only the federal health insurance exchange website Healthcare.gov that's facing technical problems; state exchanges also have been bogged down with difficulties, the New York Times reported.
Frustrated with the lack of information coming from UnitedHealth, which is cutting about 19 percent of doctors from its Medicare Advantage network in Connecticut, Attorney General George Jepsen is asking the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to get involved.
Aetna has announced it no longer will be selling plans through health insurance exchanges in two states--Maryland and Connecticut.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Connecticut is going to reprocess thousands of behavioral health claims amounting to $400,000 in payments to mental health providers, according to the state insurance department.
Even though most of the major insurers have said they will participate in Connecticut's state-run health insurance exchange, Cigna opted not to sell health plans in the new marketplace.
Texas and Connecticut represent the "red state" and "blue state" divide in the United State, but both of their providers are hurting due to current or planned cuts to Medicaid.
Five insurers--Aetna, UnitedHealth, Anthem, ConnectiCare and a new CO-OP run by the Connecticut State Medical Society--have announced their intention to sell plans through Connecticut's health insurance exchange.
Health insurers are in for a roller coaster ride as they prepare for the fragmented regulatory landscape of different rules for each state-run health insurance exchange.