2019 Oxford Metro Network NY
Oxford has expanded on their successful Oxford Metro Network plan released in 2016. For 2019 the network has expanded with most Metro plans enjoying rate reductions for 2019.
Oxford Metro Network:
The NY network has grown to approx. 12,000 Primary Care Providers, 29,000 Specialists and 71 hospitals. Furthermore, the Oxford Garden State network has been added as well onto the Metro Network. The Garden State network alone has access to 23,000 physicians and 62 hospitals.
All Metal Levels will be included for all size groups including 1-99 & 100+. The new Oxford Metro plan will be limited to NY and NJ Garden State Network Providers. Referrals will be needed to see Specialists. Importantly, most NY Hospitals will be participating with the EXCEPTION of NYU Health System, North Shore LIJ Health System (NorthWell Health) and Maimonides Medical Center. In addition, certain key medical IPA Groups such as Caremount, formerly Mt Kisko Medical Group, are NOT in the network.
Oxford Metro Costs:
Today’s largest networks with in-network only GOLD are priced at $11,000 /single annually. They typically are accompanied with $50 copays and non-office exposures of $1,000 deductibles and coinsurance percent in network. The new Metro network is approximately 25% smaller than NY Liberty network with up to 20% IN SAVINGS. For example, a popular Oxford Liberty HMO Gold is $880 vs.Oxford Metro Gold $735.
New Plan Added
New lower cost Oxford Primary Advantage Plans added. The plan provides in-network coverage with lower copayments and no deductibles when seeking care form PCP’s and OBGYNs and Tier 1 prescription drugs.
The Healthy NY and off-exchange Individuals will use exclusively this new Oxford Metro Network.
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NYS 2017 FINAL Rates Approved
NYS has approved 2017 Final Rates. Small group rates will increase 8.3%, a reduction from the 12.3% average originally requested. In the individual market, the average increase will be 16.6%, a reduction from the originally requested 19.3%.
As per NY State Law carriers are required to send out early notices of rate request filings to groups and subscribers see original –NYS 2017 Rate Requests. With only 3 months of mature claims experience for 2016 health insurers’ requests are historically above average. Ultimately the State reduces this request substantially. This year, however, NYS acknowledged that medical costs increased, citing a 7-percent average increase on the individual market and an 8.5-percent increase on the small group market. The administration also acknowledged drug prices have impacted insurers, pointing specifically to blockbuster drugs for Hepatitis C.
The national rate trend, however, has been much higher than in past years due to higher health care costs Like other states throughout the nation, the 2017 rate of increase for individuals in New York is higher than in past years partly due to the termination of the federal reinsurance program. The lost of the program’s aka federal risk reinsurance corridor funds accounts for 5.5 percent of the rate increase.
How are neighboring States doing? In NJ, not that bad. According to a review of filings made public last week the expected rate increase will be likley ve half. Example: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield requested a 4.8% increase on their OMINA Plans. For CT market, on the other hand, things are much worse at least for individual marketplace with average 25% rate increases.
SMALL GROUP MARKET VS. INDIVIDUAL MARKET
The new premium hikes ranged from as little as 5.6 percent for Oxford Small group to a whopping 58.5% percent increase for Crystal Run Health Insurance Company, an insurer that covers parts of the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Importantly, small group market are still more advantageous than individual markets unless one gets a sizable low income tax credit.
Overall, about 350,000 individual plan consumers will be affected by the price hike, while more than a million users will be hit by higher small group fees. Earlier this year, Blue Cross Blue Shield released a study showing Obamacare user costs were 22 percent higher than people with employer-sponsored health plans, while UnitedHealth plans to exit most Exchanges see – Breaking: Oxford Exits Metro Indiv & Oxford Liberty HMO 2017.
The correct approach for a small business in keeping with simplicity is a Private Exchange. This is a true defined contribution empowering employees with choice of leading insurers offering paperless technologies integrating HRIS/Benefits/Payroll. Both employee and employers still gain tax advantage benefits under the business. Also, the benefits, rates and network size are superior under a group plan as the risk are lower for small group plans than individual markets.
* All amounts are rounded to the nearest 1/10.
**Indicates that the company makes products available on the “New York State of Health” marketplace.
***After rate applications were filed on 5/9/2016, additional information, including the final results of the federal risk adjustment program, prompted several insurers to update their initially filed rates.
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Breaking: Oxford Exits Metro Indiv & Oxford Liberty HMO 2017
A neat quote mentioned in yesterday’s Crains Health Pulse. I only wish it were for better news.
1. Oxford will be leaving NY Individual health plans. The popular Oxford Metro plan offered off-exchange marketplace will no longer be offered next year. Notably, this is the only plan that contained par excellence cancer hospitals such as Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Oxford Metro will still be available for NY Small groups.
2. Oxford Liberty HMO plans will be leaving ALL segments – Individuals to commercial large groups. For restaurants and retail shops, as an example, this is a very popular platform as this allowed flexibility of NO minimum participation. If only 1 person wanted to enroll on plan out 20 that was OK.
Oxford will be sending these letters out to Employers starting with Jan 2017 renewals.
Oxford Health Plans (NY), Inc. (OHP) License Withdrawal, Effective January 1, 2017, Upon Renewal
Please note the following:
- This change does not affect their regular Oxford Health Insurance, Inc. (OHI) plans. Their OHI portfolio in New York offers a wide range of coverage options for employers of all sizes.
- Impacted groups and members will receive a notice from us approximately 180-days prior to their 2017 coverage end date. The notice will outline the actions they need to take and other available coverage options.
Stay proactive and contact us today for a customized consult on how your organization can prepare ahead for ACA, Benefits, Payroll and HR @ (855) 667-4621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UnitedHealthcare will drop ACA exchanges
UnitedHealthcare Individual by State
So far, New York and Nevada have confirmed that UnitedHealth plans to remain on their ACA exchanges next year. The company has also filed plans to participate in Virginia for 2017. Wisconsin said it hasn’t received an exit notice from UnitedHealth, and that it doesn’t comment on insurers’ business plans. A representative of Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange, said plan participation is confidential until it’s announced later this year.
UnitedHealthcare will drop out of most ACA Exchanges by 2017 as reported in Modern Healthcare. Just how significant is this to the market? Realistically, United took a cautious wait and see approach. In NYS, for example, they have been the most expensive plan on the Obamacare Exchange Marketplace. They expect to lose over a billion dollars in this space for 2015 and 2016, so to them it makes no sense to stay in that market. The concern for the individual market is to expect large pricing increases in 2017 to reflect the higher risk than the safer Group Market.
UnitedHealth, which had about 795,000 ACA customers as of March 31, warned in November that it was posting losses on ACA policies. In December, the company said it should have stayed out of the individual exchange market longer. UnitedHealth also is withdrawing from some related state insurance markets for small businesses.
See United-healthcare Individual members enrolled by State:
UnitedHealthcare will drop ACA exchanges
By Bob Herman
April 19, 2016
UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen Hemsley said Tuesday the health insurance and services conglomerate will pull out of most of its Affordable Care Act marketplaces. But the company won’t bail on the exchanges completely and will sell individual plans in a “handful” of states.
“We cannot broadly serve it on an effective and sustained basis,” Hemsley told analysts and investors on a conference call. UnitedHealth has fully or partially exited five states so far—Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan and Oklahoma, according to various news reports.
The company sold plans in 34 states for this policy year and did not disclose which states it will stay in. Insurers that sell plans through the federal HealthCare.gov portal have until May 11 to file rates for 2017 plans.
A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, however, notes that UnitedHealth’s exits would only have a modest effect on competition and prices nationally since it has a small ACA footprint and charged higher premiums from the outset.
UnitedHealth recorded an additional $125 million loss on its individual ACA plans, meaning the company’s total ACA losses for 2015 and 2016 will exceed $1 billion. UnitedHealth signed up many sicker-than-expected members, ending the first quarter with 795,000 public exchange enrollees, which is only a fraction of the ACA’s individual market.
The insurer also overpriced its plans in 2015 after barely participating on the exchanges in 2014. UnitedHealth expects its exchange membership will decline to 650,000 by the end of the year.
But despite those heavy losses, which UnitedHealth previewed late last year, the company’s other lines of business like Medicare Advantage and Optum have been making money at a healthy clip. UnitedHealth’s profit climbed 14% year over year, totaling $1.6 billion in the first three months of this year. Adjusted earnings per share rose 17% to $1.81, beating estimates on Wall Street.
Revenue soared almost 25% to $44.5 billion in the first quarter, putting UnitedHealth on pace to hit $182 billion of revenue for the year. The Minnetonka, Minn.-based company recorded double-digit revenue growth across every major segment, including employer, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and its Optum health services business. UnitedHealth now covers the medical care of nearly 47.7 million Americans.
UnitedHealth’s medical-loss ratio, which shows how much of its premium dollars were spent on medical care or “quality improvement” programs, was 81.7% in the quarter. That was up slightly from the 81.4% posted in the same quarter last year, which UnitedHealth attributed to the leap day.