This rather disturbing message appears on the Massachusetts Health Connector Website:
Important news for Commonwealth Choice Shoppers!
The Massachusetts Division of Insurance recently rejected many of the premium rates proposed by insurers. The ruling applies to plans effective April 1, 2010 and later.
With one exception, insurers must pull their Commonwealth Choice plans until they reset the rates. We expect new rates soon.
Until then, CeltiCare is the only insurer for which we can quote rates here. It offers coverage in the Greater Boston area.
The Health Connector is following these developments for you. We will work with the insurers to issue new rates, refunds or credits, as needed.
We will post new information here as we get it.
What I find disturbing about this is that Massachusetts has provided us all with a glipmse into the future of health insurance nationally. Is it possible we could get to a similar situation nationally after national health insurance reform features like individual mandates, exchanges, etc. all become a reality? It is becoming hard to ignore these signals.