State Chooses Anthem Plan as Benchmark for Insurance Exchange

State officials have chosen the new benchmark program for the Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange.

Officials have recommended the state’s so-called small group plan, provided by Anthem, as the benchmark. All other plans offered in the exchange must provide similar or better care.

The state says the plan is affordable and broad enough to adequately provide for Kentuckians.

But consumer advocates haven’t yet decided to endorse the state’s decision.

“We have not taken a position as far as whether we support this decision or not,” says Jodi Mitchell of Kentucky Voices for Health. “Again we are looking at the whole concept of the most robust benefits package we can offer but also having it be affordable.”

The state’s recommendation must still be approved by the federal government. And the general public will have time to weigh in as well.

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