Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece on health insurance costs in Maine. Insurance compani

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

2-1-2006

Pages

13-18

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece on health insurance costs in Maine. Insurance companies exited Maine when the state dropped its high-risk health insurance pool and passed community rating and guaranteed issue laws that set limits on what insurance companies could charge and mandated that they accept all applicants. There were over a dozen carriers in the state in 1993, but today Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield writes almost all individual policies. Medicaid enrollments more than doubled in that time. A $2,200 policy for a Kittery family costs $950 a month from the same carrier in Portsmouth, N.H. With details on proposals to remedy the problem.

Subjects

Insurance, Health, Insurance companies, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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