Two Applications of Interest for Alaska Exchange: Moda Health and Premera

Politico Pulse reported this morning that Moda Health and Premera Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alaska were the only insurers to file for Alaska’s Exchange.

I spoke with Bret Kolb, Director of the Alaska Division of Insurance, to find out a little more detail. However, Kolb told me this is still very much a waiting game. Whether they will apply for the individual and/or SHOP markets is still unknown.

The applications from Moda and Premera were submitted to the federal government as applications of interest. It is unclear

whether HHS will hold firm on the April 30th deadline for applications of interest, especially in markets with less than an ideal number of plans.

In addition to filing applications of interest, plans will also need to file with the Division of Insurance. Alaska rate filings are due to the Division of Insurance 30-45 days before they are submitted to CCIIO on July 31.

Kolb also tells me the Division of Insurance has posted new information in order to provide a central location for finding information about the federally administered exchange marketplace in Alaska. Those seeking more information may do so here: http://commerce.alaska.gov/ins/Insurance/ACA/.