Massachusetts health insurance News

Mass. Consumers, Businesses to Pay More for Health Insurance in 2016

Massachusetts consumers and businesses are expected to pay more for health insurance in 2016. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state’s biggest commercial insurer, is raising premiums an average of 5 percent. Tufts Health Plan’s rates are set to …

Mass. Health Insurers Partner With Police to Help Heroin Addicts

Health insurers in Massachusetts are pitching in to help the Gloucester Police Department with their well-known program to get heroin addicts into treatment. Under a pilot program launched Monday, members of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans will help addicts …

Mass. AG Announces $209K Settlement With American Fidelity Assurance

American Fidelity Assurance Company (AFA), a life and health insurance company based in Oklahoma City, has agreed to pay $209,000 to settle allegations that it failed to cover mandated benefits required by state law and sold unauthorized health insurance to …

Massachusetts AG Healey Announces $430K Settlement With AIG Subsidiary

The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania (ICSOP), a subsidiary of the American International Group (AIG), has agreed to pay $430,000 to settle allegations that it sold unauthorized health insurance to Massachusetts consumers and failed to cover mandated benefits …

Mass. Health Spending Surged in 2014 Despite Efforts to Control Costs

The cost of health care soared nearly 5 percent in Massachusetts last year despite efforts to hold down expenditures, according to a state report released Wednesday. The Center for Health Information and Analysis, an independent agency, said health care expenditures …

300K Massachusetts Resident to See Their Health Insurance Rates Jump 6%

About 300,000 Massachusetts residents who buy their own health insurance or work for small businesses are about to see their premiums jump more than 6 percent on average. The increase approved by the state Division of Insurance that takes effect …

Survey: More Than 96% in Massachusetts Have Health Insurance

Massachusetts continues to the lead the nation in health care with more than 96 percent of residents reporting coverage despite lingering cost barriers. That’s according to a survey by The Center for Health Information and Analysis, created by a 2012 …

Mass. Gov. Takes Issue With Report Pegging ACA Costs at $1B

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is sharply criticizing a report that puts a price tag of about $1 billion on the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts. The Pioneer Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank, said in a report …

400,000 Mass. Residents Must Reapply for Health Coverage

Massachusetts is launching a major effort to reach out to almost 400,000 residents who must reapply for health insurance because they were enrolled in temporary plans after the state’s health care marketplace website crashed last year. State officials fear that …

Massachusetts Will Keep State-Based Health Website

Massachusetts officials overseeing the state’s hobbled health care exchange decided last Friday to stick with new software designed to upgrade the website rather than switching over to the federal government’s health insurance market. For the past several months the state …