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First Of Five Health Insurers Outline 2015 Exchange Plans

Maine Community Health Options

One of the new insurers set to begin offering plans on New Hampshire’s health care exchange next year announced its rates Thursday.

Maine Community Health Options is one of five insurance companies offering plans in 2015.

The non-profit, member-run co-op, was the first to announce its rates, saying it will offer ten different plans and will include all of the state’s 26 hospitals in its provider network.

Dr. John Yindra, the company’s Chief Medical Officer, says people with chronic conditions will be able to choose from a range of plans, and costs should be low.

"If you’re a diabetic and you’re managing your disease actively, under our plan the cost sharing for those services would be zero," says Yindra.

So far Anthem has been the sole company selling insurance on the exchange. The biggest complaint has been Anthem's so-called narrow network, which excludes ten hospitals.

Also joining the exchange next year will be Massachusetts-based Harvard Pilgrim and Minuteman Health, as well as Assurant Health.

Open enrollment begins November 15, and between now and then all five insurers will announce what plans they’ll offer.

More than 40,000 Granite Staters signed up for coverage during the first enrollment period.

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

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