Unfortunately for many people in New England, large changes are being made to insurance plans for the upcoming year. Important changes in the way CIGNA HealthCare plans to operate in the states of Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire will take effect on January 1st of 2010, the next contract year. CIGNA HealthCare has decided to withdraw from the HMO market and no longer offer the HMO Plans to any sized employers for coverage of any employees and their eligible dependents in those states.
These changes affect the CIGNA HMO and CIGNA HMO Point-of-Service Plans which are currently used by employers with more than 50 eligible employees as well as the stand alone HMO only network use by New Hampshire Small Group employers with 50 or less than 50 employees. In order to help ease the transaction clients can replace their HMO/POS Plans upon renewal with one of the other plans that CIGNA will continue to offer.
Clients and their employees will be notified of this termination in writing starting with mailings scheduled for the week of June 15th.