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Health New England, Inc.
(HNE) is a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) licensed in Massachusetts. Our main office is at One Monarch Place in Springfield. We also have an office in Pittsfield to serve Berkshire county.
HNE’s service area in Massachusetts includes Franklin, Berkshire, Hampden and Hampshire counties and part of Worcester county. We also serve Hartford, Litchfield and Tolland Counties in Connecticut.
If you would like more information about HNE or any of our services, please contact us at (413) 787-4000 or (800) 842-4464.
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HNE Plan Offerings Receive "Connector Seal of Approval" from State
Individual health insurance plan sign-ups begin May
Springfield, MA-- Health New England (HNE) announced today that the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority has granted the Connector Seal of Approval to five HNE plans for sale in Western Massachusetts. The Connector is the new state agency created by the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law. The law, passed in 2006, requires all Massachusetts residents to have health insurance starting July 1, 2007.
Four of the HNE plans range from basic to premier coverage. A fifth plan will be offered exclusively for residents 19-26 years old who are categorized by the law as young adults.
Premiums for the plans are not yet final as the state is still sorting out certain details that may affect plan costs. Decisions are expected later in March.
"The HNE Connector plans give people real options for their coverage," said Peter Straley, President and CEO of HNE. "For some, a low premium cost will meet their needs, while for others; a plan with no deductible payments is a better choice. Our plans will cover those ranges."
Health New England will offer plans in all three categories defined by the Connector: "Basic" plans with low monthly premiums and higher out of pocket costs for covered services, "Value" plans with middle range premiums and out of pocket costs, and "Premier" plans with higher monthly premiums and lower out of pocket costs.
HNE WisePlus—This Basic plan has a deductible of $2,000 for individuals ($4,000 family). Because this plan is a federally qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) members can contribute pre-tax dollars into a health savings account (HSA). Money in the HSA can be carried over from year to year, or used to pay for qualified medical expenses.
HNE EssentialMax--This Value plan has a $1,000 individual ($2,000 family) deductible. Doctor’s office visits and prescription drugs are not subject to the deductible. For all other medical covered services, members must pay the first $1,000 in medical expenses. As with other HMO plans, members pay a copayment for covered services.
HNE Principle with the HNE Alliance Network-- This Value plan emphasizes the doctor/patient relationship as a partnership in managing care. Preventive care is the primary focus with this plan. Members pay a modest copayment for covered services, and there is no deductible to meet.
HNE HealthMax-- This Premier level plan offers a generous level of health benefits. Members have access to HNE’s broad HMO network and there is no deductible for covered services.
MyHNE—This plan is available for young adults. It carries a $2,000 individual ($4,000 family) deductible. Coverage is limited to $100,000 of medical expenses per year.
In addition, most of HNE’s Connector approved plans cover preventive care at no out of pocket cost to the member.
Straley emphasized that people should consider several factors before purchasing their coverage. "One piece of advice we give everyone is to make an informed decision before you select your plan. What you pay for the monthly premium is an important consideration, but it's not the only one. Members should also look at out-of-pocket costs which will vary from modest copayments to several thousand dollars, depending on the plan.
“Network is another critical piece. Where do you have to go to get covered services? With HNE, we’ve been working with the doctors and other health care providers here in Western Mass for the last 20 years." he said.
Straley predicted that many people will be confused in the beginning and will seek out advice. "Because HNE is located right here in Western Mass. we are very accessible. Our associates are here to work with individuals and employers to help them determine which plans are right for them."
Health New England is a managed care organization serving western Massachusetts since 1985. Because of its commitment to accountable, personal service, more than 100,000 members and 5,000 employers select HNE as their choice for health care coverage, administrative services and programs.
HNE employs more than 200 associates at its main offices in Springfield and in its Berkshire County office in Pittsfield. HNE’s service area covers Franklin, Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and parts of Worcester counties in Massachusetts. HNE has been ranked among the top health insurance plans in the United States by independent surveys
Health New England :
Provides for the health care needs of our members by creating and tailoring innovating products, promoting appropriate use of health care services, and leading quality improvement in health care delivery.
Delivers superior value by understanding local conditions and customers’ needs, partnering with members, providers, and purchasers, and meeting and exceeding customer expectations
Acts as a leading corporate citizen by improving the quality of life and health status of our communities, and contributing to the economic foundation of our region.
Health New England
One Monarch Place STE 1500
Springfield, MA 01144-1500
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