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Medical Society of Va. gives physicians info on health exchange changes

The Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) has recognized the impact of recent changes in the individual health insurance marketplace and their effect on Virginia physicians and patients and is providing information resources to help physicians navigate this situation.

Participating individual health insurance carriers for 2018 differ geographically across Virginia. United Health and Aetna will no longer offer any individual plans on the Exchange for 2018. Optima and Anthem have cut the number of counties and cities they cover in half. These changes have significantly reduced carrier choices and time to make a decision with the Open Enrollment period decreasing from 90 to 45 days.

MSV has developed two fact sheets: one for Virginia physicians and one for physicians to share with their Virginia patients. These resources can be found on the MSV website at http://www.msv.org/MarketplaceResources Melin.a Davis-Martin, executive vice president and chief executive officer said “MSV is dedicated to supporting physicians and their commitment to provide the best care possible to their patients and to advance the best quality health care for Virginians. MSV advocates for physicians and their patients every day and provides insights and solutions to their practices.”

“It’s important that we have a strong insurance market for Virginia patients and physicians. We look forward to working together with all stakeholders to improve affordability and competition in the Commonwealth,” said Hazle Konerding, M.D., MSV member and chair of the Medical Society of Virginia Insurance Agency (MSVIA) Board of Directors.

MSV is available to support physicians with free consultation from MSVIA experts. For more information, or for specific insurance questions, please contact Dustin Beekman at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

About the Medical Society of Virginia
The Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) is a professional association of more than 9,000 Virginia physicians, medical students, residents, physician assistants and physician assistant students. It was founded in 1820 and incorporated in 1824. MSV is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and the organization is entrusted to represent and advance physicians and patients of every specialty and practice setting across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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