BREAKING: The young Co-Op start up of 2014 will be shutting down Dec 31, 2015. With membership totals approx. 200,000+ the early exit comes as a shocking surprise despite their recent losses and 15-20% rate increase approved for 2016.
On Friday, a joint announcement came from the state Department of Financial Services, the Department of Health and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with DFS directing Health Republic to cease writing new health insurance policies and begin an orderly wind-down of business.
“Given Health Republic’s financial situation, commencing an orderly wind down process before the upcoming open enrollment period is the best course of action to protect consumers,” said Anthony Albanese, acting superintendent at DFS. “Moving forward, we will work closely with New York State of Health and federal regulators to help ensure continuity of coverage for Health Republic’s customers.”CMS officials said decision was made after state and federal agencies determined it was likely Health Republic would become financially insolvent.
According to recent announcements Health Republic of NY was exiting the small group and individual markets for Mid-Hudson, Albany, and Utica/Watertown regions. These counties include: Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Hamilton, Oneida, Orange, Oswego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, and Washington. The reasoning was the high delivery costs driven by Provider consolidation, see https://healthrepublicny.org/media/2563/faqs-service-area-reductions.pdf.
With recent exits for Insurers such Atlantis, Emblem Health/GHI and Empire blue Cross the transitions were handled differently. Some allowed groups to see their plan through renewal anniversary date or end of year. Further announcements are expected on transition of coverage.
Our Agency as in the past will be out and early in front positioning our clients for best options. For more information on this or to schedule a call please contact us [email protected] today.