Anthem Canceling 30,000 Individual Health Policies for Hoosiers

INDIANA, (WOWO): Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is canceling the policies of about 30,000 Hoosiers. According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, the company is asking their customers to switch over to new health plans that comply with the rules of Obamacare.

Over the past few months, the Indianapolis-based health insurer has been sending out notices to holders of individual insurance policies who renewed their coverage before December 31, 2013. Such early renewals allowed Anthem customers to continue coverage under pre-Obamacare rules.

“Because only 25 percent of our individual members renewed early, we made the business decision to not extend these non-compliant plans into 2015,” wrote Anthem spokesman Tony Felts in an email.

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Another factor was that Anthem was struggling to provide customer service to both pre-Obamacare and post-Obamacare plans.

The cancellation of pre-Obamacare policies could cause some customers’ premiums to spike while at the same time limiting their choices of hospitals and doctors.