For Immediate Release
Director of Communications and Marketing
Meritus will not offer plans in 2016
Meritus is working with the Arizona Department of Insurance to help members find new coverage for 2016.
Tempe, AZ (November 25, 2015) – Meritus, Arizona’s only non-profit health insurance Cooperative (CO-OP) has announced that it will no longer offer plans on or off the exchange for 2016 and will begin winding down operations.
Meritus remains focused on providing service to its current members and will honor all policies and claims through the end of 2015. Meritus members and small employer groups should continue to pay their monthly premiums through December 31, 2015 to avoid any interruption in coverage. The Meritus team is dedicated to helping its members access the resources they need to find replacement coverage for 2016.
On October 30, 2015, Meritus was placed under an “Order Summarily Suspending Certificate of Authority and Order for Supervision” (Supervision Order) issued by the Arizona Department of Insurance (AZ DOI).
Meritus will continue working with the AZ DOI to ensure a smooth transition for members, providers, partners and brokers. Meritus has the financial resources on hand to pay claims and meet financial obligations.
“Meritus is committed to providing service to our members and working with the AZ DOI to ensure that all members’ needs are met” said Tom Zumtobel, Meritus CEO. VS9 An initial list of Frequently Asked Questions for impacted consumers and providers can be seen here,
Meritus is an Arizona member-governed non-profit health insurance company operating as a COOP (Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan) established through a loan provision from HHS under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The company was created to provide more accessible and affordable health insurance coverage options to individuals, families and small businesses so that we can work together for better health.