Health Alliance chief: rebid on state contract may come soon
The head of Urbana-based Health Alliance said there may be some movement this summer on an effort by the company to regain a state contract that it lost.
This past fall, Health Alliance was not selected by the state for the Medicare Advantage program for state retirees. And since then, there's been an effort to have the state issue a follow-up bid so Health Alliance could be included in the contract.
The insurance company's President and CEO Jeff Ingrum said that follow-up bid could happen this summer. And if Health Alliance is selected, Ingrum said retirees could begin signing up in the fall.
Ingrum made the comments Thursday on A Penny For Your Thoughts on WDWS.
A spokesman for the state on Thursday afternoon was checking on the status of a possible follow-up bid at the request of the WDWS newsroom, but there has been no reply yet.
Elsewhere from today's Jeff Ingrum interview on A Penny For Your Thoughts:
Ingrum said the number of people who actually have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is less than the number of people who have signed up through the act.
Ingrum said he believes there's at least 30% of the more than seven million people the federal government said signed up for health insurance that have not yet followed through with purchasing insurance and paying premiums.
Ingrum added that somewhere between 80 to 90% of the people who signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act already had insurance. He said the purpose of the law was to get those who were not insured prior to the new law to buy insurance. But, Ingrum said when "the dust settles" on the act, there may not be a net gain of insured people due to those who had their policies canceled because of the act.