CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) announced today that it will file plans with the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) to allow most of its non-grandfathered individual customers to keep their current health plan for another year if they choose.
“We were in discussions with the Department of Insurance about this option even before the President’s announcement on November 14,” said Brad Wilson, President and CEO of BCBSNC. “We understand that many of our customers are frustrated and confused by difficulties accessing the federal exchange, and we want to do everything we can to help them maintain quality health coverage that they can afford.”
The NC Department of Insurance will be responsible for reviewing and approving rates for these renewed plans. Renewing 2013 plans will delay some of the more challenging consumer impacts of the ACA for another year; however non-grandfathered customers will need to move to ACA-compliant plans for 2015.
“There are still important details to work through, and both our company and the Department of Insurance have committed to work as quickly as possible,” Wilson said. “We expect to be able to provide more details about customers’ renewal options on or around December 1.”
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.74 million members, including approximately 1 million served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For generations, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina was recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute in 2012 and 2013. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit BCBSNC online at bcbsnc.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.