NHDP Statement: Anthem & Harvard Pilgrim to remain in New Hampshire's 2018 insurance exchange
Concord, N.H. - Today, Anthem and Harvard Pilgrim announced that they will remain in the New Hampshire market for 2018, joining the already-committed Ambetter. Minuteman Health has yet to announce any decision, though though they declared their intention to provide insurance through the 2018 exchange back in June. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "We're encouraged to learn that Anthem and Harvard Pilgrim will be once again joining the market for 2018. This is further proof that, contrary to Governor Sununu's suggestion, the Affordable Care Act is not a 'failure.' Sununu has taken every opportunity of market and provider uncertainty to assert that the law is failing New Hampshire, but for a fifth straight year, the state will have a competitive insurance exchange. We implore Governor Sununu to reconsider rejecting his own administration's reinsurance proposal, which was expected to reduce expected 2018 premiums by 5% across the exchange. Sununu declined to take this action, favoring empty political principle over helping Granite Staters. The governor is so far failing to protect New Hampshire from a backhanded attempt at repealing Medicaid expansion in the state and the Trump administration continues to hold Cost Sharing Reductions (CSRs) hostage, creating the uncertainty that is making premiums rise in the state."