Mid-Atlantic Region’s CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Finds Success in Small/Mid-Size and Self-Insured Markets

2008-08-13 07:00:00

CareFirst Continues to Grow Despite Heavy Regulatory Environment, According

               to a New Report from HealthLeaders-InterStudy



    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 13 /EMWNews/ -- HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a

leading provider of managed care market intelligence, reports that

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the largest healthcare insurer in the

Mid-Atlantic region, has been able to attract the majority of the small- to

mid-size group business in its market. According to the new report, Blue

Profiler: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, CareFirst will also likely

continue to enroll members from self-insured companies.



    "Insurers in Maryland have a hard time distinguishing themselves from

competitors on price because the state requires that all insurers pay

hospitals about the same rate for each procedure," said Jan Shuxteau,

analyst with HealthLeaders-InterStudy and author of the report. "One way

that CareFirst has succeeded in this market is by providing service to

self-insured companies that are not under state mandates."



    According to the report, nearly 1.58 million people are enrolled in

self-insured plans in Maryland. Of that group, about 44 percent are in a

CareFirst plan. In Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia, CareFirst has a

combined self-insured membership of more than 896,000 as of January 2008.



    On the financial side, CareFirst's premium revenue increased by nearly

11 percent from 2006 to 2007, from $5.28 billion to $5.86 billion, while

net income rose by almost 10 percent, to $180.5 million.



    Serving about 3.1 million members in Maryland, northern Virginia and

the District, CareFirst is not only the largest healthcare insurer in the

area, but it also is a large employer with more than 5,400 employees in the

Mid-Atlantic region. Additionally, CareFirst serves more than 540,000

members of the Federal Health Benefits Program.



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