Small business app coming for DC HealthLink
DC HealthLink, the Cityês site for its health insurance exchange under Obamacare, is having problems. An insurance company filed a lawsuit to block the tax that funds it, while some brokers say they havenêt been paid because of an IT problem.
But assuming everything is fixed, some improvements are scheduled. Of particular interest to small businesses is an app that will help connect users and insurance brokers and will provide coverage information such as cost calculators, reports the Washington Business Journal. The app will not be available on mobile devices because of security concerns.
In other DC health insurance news, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield asked to lower its proposed rates on individual plans next year by 4 percent. Small business plans would not be affected. When the District last month released proposed insurance rates for next year, United Healthcare proposed an 8 percent decrease, Aetna asked for between a 5.5 percent decrease and a 0.2 percent increase for its individual PPO plans. CareFirst proposed an increase for all its plans, with the cost of most CareFirst business plans rising 10 percent or more. DC regulators must must approve all rate requests from carriers under the new arrangement.Download Bulletin PDF