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The new special enrollment period will run March 19-April 2. Connecticut residents must be lawfully present in the United States, and not incarcerated, to be eligible. The coverage for those who enroll during the special period will start on April 1; enrollment is being done by phone only,
The Connecticut State Medical Society says it is concerned about how tens of thousands of Medicare Advantage patients could be affected.
The hearing, scheduled before a Nov. 18 agreement was announced, is designed to help avoid such disruptions in the future.
At issue is the insurer's adherence to the “prudent layperson” standard, which requires that insurance coverage be based on a patient’s symptoms, not their final diagnosis.
The highest proposed rate increase is a jaw-dropping 52.1 percent.