June 19, 2017

CMS lifts Cigna Medicare sanctions


Bloomfield health insurer Cigna said that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has lifted year-old sanctions against the company, effective immediately.

The company released the news with a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website.

CMS had imposed the marketing and enrollment sanctions on Jan. 21, 2016. Based on a letter from CMS obtained by the Hartford Business Journal, Cigna corrected violations in March and April of 2017 and submitted to an independent audit that affirmed corrective measures had taken place.

The company is now allowed to resume marketing of its Medicare Advantage-Prescription Drug and Medicare Part D Plans and may begin enrolling new beneficiaries with effective dates beginning July 1, 2017.

In addition, based on the final Medicare Star Ratings for the 2018 payment year, Cigna said it expects that approximately 60 percent of its Medicare Advantage customers will be in a 4-Star or greater plan.

Cigna Spokesman Joe Mondy said in an emailed statement, "We are a better and stronger company as a result of collaborating with CMS and investing further in our processes and technology over the past year and half. As a company that puts customers first, we look forward to continuing that partnership while delivering high-quality health care plans to both existing and new customers."

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