Cigna Update 2024

What is happening and why:

Letters from CIGNA went out March 15, 2024 to affected policyholders.

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State-specific guarantee issue (no underwriting) opportunities:

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CIGNA has updated “Frequently Asked Questions”. 
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When a Medicare Supplement insurance company designates a plan as being in a “closed risk pool,” it means that the plan is no longer open to new enrollees. This can have several implications for clients who are part of these closed plans:

1. **Stable Group of Enrollees**: Since no new members can join, the risk pool (i.e., the group of individuals covered under the plan) becomes fixed. The members of this group age together, without younger, potentially healthier individuals joining the plan to balance the risk.

2. **Potential for Higher Premiums**: Over time, as the risk pool ages and the likelihood of health claims increases, the insurance company may raise premiums to cover the higher costs. Since these pools can't offset these costs with new, healthier enrollees, premiums for closed plans can increase faster than those for plans that are open to new members.

3. **Less Risk of Selection Against the Company**: For the insurance company, closing a plan to new enrollees can protect against adverse selection, where individuals with a higher likelihood of using health services disproportionately enroll in the plan, increasing costs for the insurer.

4. **Quality of Care and Service**: The level of care and service should not change for members of a closed risk pool. However, the financial health of the insurance company and how it manages its closed and open plans can affect the resources allocated to servicing each type of plan.

5. **Limited Options for Plan Changes**: Clients in a closed plan may find they have fewer options if they wish to switch to a different plan offered by the same company, as other plans may also be closed or have different eligibility requirements.

6. **Market Competition and Plan Viability**: The dynamics of the insurance market can affect closed plans. If many insurers close their plans to new enrollees, the competition and options for consumers may decrease, potentially impacting the viability and cost-effectiveness of remaining plans.

Understanding these implications is important for clients in closed-risk pools to make informed decisions about their healthcare coverage. It's also advisable for clients to regularly review their coverage and consider their options, especially during open enrollment periods, to ensure their current plan continues to meet their healthcare needs and financial situation.

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