Top 20 Providers of Health Insurance Plans

For 20 years, the National Committee for Quality Assurance has been on the forefront of promoting the highest quality for health care and health insurance services. The organization uses HEDIS, the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, to measure performance. This year, the organization examined 227 health plans and selected the best 20 private plans available in the United States.

Their methodology was based on several factors–clinical effectiveness, NCQA accredation, and patient satisfaction. These factors should be important to any consumer looking to purchase health coverage.

According to NCQA, these are the best private health insurance plans for 2010-2011:

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care: Available in Massachusetts, Maine
Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization: Available in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England: Available in New Hampshire
Capital Health Plan: Available in Florida
Geisinger Health Plan: Available in Pennsylvania
Grand Valley Health Plan: Available in Michigan
Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin: Available in Wisconsin
Fallon Community Health Plan: Available in Massachusetts
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado: Available in Colorado
Health New England: Available in Massachusetts
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts: Available in Massachusetts
CIGNA HealthCare of New Hampshire: Available in New Hampshire
Priority Health: Available in Michigan
HealthAmerica Pennsylvania: Available in Pennsylvania
Health Net of Connecticut: Available in Connecticut
Independent Health Association: Available in New York
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire: Available in New Hampshire
Anthem Health Plan of New Hampshire: Available in New Hampshire
HealthPartners: Available in Minnesota
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine: Available in Maine

Interestingly, a significant percentage of these plans are in Massachusetts, a state which implemented its own version of healthcare reform several years ago. Michigan, New Hampshire, and Maine also have multiple entries on the list.