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July 27, 2018 Outreach and Enrollment News

2019 PA Health Insurance Marketplace Options and Rates Announced

On Monday, PA Insurance Department (PID) Commissioner Jessica Altman announced Health Insurance Marketplace individual and small group insurers were asking for an average rate increase of 0.7 percent, down from the 4.9 percent that was originally predicted for 2019. The five insurers currently in the market will continue with one additional insurer, Pennsylvania Health & Wellness (Centene), coming to the market in selected counties. PID attributes the low rate increase to performance and experience from the 2018 plan year. In addition, the number of counties with just one insurer offering coverage decreased from 20 to eight. Final rates will be made public in the fall. PID will discuss the rate review process, highlight regional impacts on the rate filings and provide an opportunity for feedback on requested rates at two upcoming events:

  • Monday, July 30 at Neighborhood Centers of the Lehigh Valley in Allentown
  • Thursday, Aug. 16 at Community Health Clinic, Inc. in New Kensington

CAC and Navigator Training

The 2019 Certified Application Counselor (CAC) training is available for Certified Designated Organizations (CDOs) that have completed the new refresh application process and received their new CAC/CDO number. After receiving the new CAC number and welcome packet, CACs must wait 14 days due to the ID number being linked to multiple other systems. The delay is needed for systems to link internally. Current and previous CACs may not use their existing CAC identification number to complete the training. The 2019 Navigator training is currently offline. When Navigator grantees are announced in September, the training will be opened and administered through the Marketplace Learning Management System. To view more information and slides, click here

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