For Consumers

230 health plans available in Washington's individual market - average 1.5 percent rate change

Contact Public Affairs: 360-725-7055

November 12, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Individuals and families looking for health insurance this fall have 15 insurers and 230 health plans to choose from, starting Nov. 15.

The average approved rate change was 1.5 percent. Originally, the insurers requested an average 8.3 percent increase, but it was lowered after a review by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

“The number of choices consumers have this year is evidence that Washington state’s individual market is thriving under health care reform,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. “We have more health plans than ever and the lowest rate average rate change in seven years.”

Earlier this year, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner approved 90 health plans from 10 insurers for sale in Washington’s Exchange, Wahealthplanfinder (www.wahealthplanfinder.org). Another 140 health plans were recently approved from 10 insurers for sale in the individual market outside of the Exchange.

“Consumers should shop around, even if they have coverage today,” said Kreidler. “With this many new plans, you could find a better deal than last year. But remember – tax credits or subsidies are only available for health plans purchased through, the Exchange, Wahealthplanfinder (www.wahealthplanfinder.org).”

Consumers who are re-enrolling should pay close attention to their tax credit amount for 2015 as well as their premium when selecting a plan. Tax credits are based on the lowest cost silver plan and, this year, the lowest cost silver plan will be cheaper in many counties, resulting in a lower tax credit for some people.

 

Exchange – 10 insurers, 90 health plans

Insurer

Average rate change

Number of plans

  • BridgeSpan Health Company

-2.9%

30

  • Columbia United Providers – NEW

New to the market

3

  • Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW)

0%

3

  • Coordinated Care Corporation (CCC)

7.2%

9

  • Group Health Cooperative

0%

5

  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest

0%

8

  • LifeWise Health Plan of Washington

2.3%

8

  • Moda Health Plan, Inc. – NEW

0%

5

  • Molina Healthcare of Washington

0%

3

  • Premera BlueCross

2.6%

16

 

 

 

Outside Exchange  - 10 insurers, 140 health plans

 

Insurer

Average rate change

Number of plans

  • Asuris Northwest Health

-1.8%

16

  • Group Health Cooperative

0%

4

  • Group Health Options, Inc.

2.5%

3

  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest

0%

7

  • LifeWise Health Plan of Washington

2.3%

15

  • Moda Health Plan, Inc.

0%

5

  • Premera Blue Cross

2.6%

15

  • Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

2.8%

22

  • Regence BlueShield

-.6%

46

  • Time Insurance Company

19.9%

7

 

Open enrollment for the individual market starts Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15.

 

See 2015 available health plans and rates by county

Buying an individual health plan

Renewing your individual health plan