Evergreen won't renew individual health benefit policies

Posted at 6:48 AM, Dec 09, 2016
BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland regulators say Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc. won't be issuing or renewing individual health benefit policies.
The Maryland Insurance Administration announced Thursday individual plans will not be available on the Maryland Health Connection for the 2017 plan year.
Commissioner Al Redmer says the administration worked for months on a solution, but ran out of time to meet Jan. 1 effective dates. Evergreen is working to move from a non-profit to a for-profit company.
Administration spokeswoman Tracy Imm says Evergreen has 6,000 consumers on the Maryland health exchange. About 4,000 will be switched to Kaiser Permanente, and 2,000 will move to CareFirst.
About 3,000 consumers who bought insurance directly from Evergreen or brokers will need to find a new plan.
Group policies remain in effect until the policy renewal date.

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