Massachusetts: Marketplace Lowers Number of Health Plans Offered in Effort to Ease Consumer Confusion

During its September Board meeting, the Massachusetts Health Connector certified 84 qualified health plans (QHPs) and 25 qualified dental plans for coverage year 2016, reducing the number of QHPs by 34% from 2015 in an effort to simplify consumer choice and reduce consumer confusion. The number of qualified dental plans certified remained similar to previous years. Consumers with no subsidies or only with advanced premium tax credits are expected to incur a 2%-8% rate increase for QHPs, while consumers with qualified dental plans are expected to see an average premium decrease of close to 2%.