WASHINGTON — The Obama administration today plans to announce scores of new health insurance options to be offered to consumers across the country by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the agency that arranges health benefits for federal employees, according to administration officials.
The options are part of a multistate insurance program Congress authorized in 2010 to increase options for consumers shopping in the online insurance markets scheduled to open Tuesday.
Federal officials said they had signed a contract with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to offer health insurance next year in the marketplaces, or exchanges, of 30 states and the District of Columbia. In later years, the officials said, they hoped to see at least two multistate plans in every state, as Congress envisioned.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield will offer different products in different states — a total of more than 150 products, including health maintenance organizations and preferred provider organizations, which give discounts for using selected health care providers.