Priority Health extends pre-ACA individual and group plans through 2016

(Grand Rapids, Mich. - April 25, 2014)
Priority Health, the state's second largest health insurance provider, announced today it will continue to offer 2013 pre-Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual and group health plans to subscribers through 2016.

"Priority Health has long believed in providing consumers with flexibility and choice," said Joan Budden, Priority Health chief marketing officer. "We are committed to offering solutions that meet the needs of today's changing market. That's why we made the decision in February 2013 to allow our small group customers and individual members to maintain benefit continuity through 2014 by renewing their current plan."

The recent decision by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) to allow Michigan health insurance companies to extend pre-ACA health plans through October of 2016 affirms the Obama Administration's extension of the transitional "as is" policy and is applauded by Priority Health.

"We understand that continuing to offer our 2013 plans through 2016 gives people peace of mind and time to assess their options before being required to change under the ACA," said Budden. "And as Michigan's Benchmark Health Plan, we know that our 2013 and 2014 health plan options deliver quality, value and choice.

"We applaud DIFS's decision to support the needs of today's changing market."

Members received letters this week informing them of the extension.

About Priority Health:

Priority Health is an award-winning, Michigan-based non-profit health plan nationally recognized for improving the health and lives of the people it serves. It continues to lead the industry in engaging members in their health, delivering effective health and disease management programs and working with physicians to improve health care outcomes and performance. Priority Health is one of only 20 health plans nationwide offering wellness programs accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an organization which also rated it among the best health plans in the nation. The State of Michigan named the Priority Health HMO the benchmark plan for all individual and group HMO plans to model.

Priority Health offers a broad portfolio of health benefit options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Its network of health care providers features 95 percent of practicing physicians available in Michigan and more than 900,000 health care providers nationwide.