New Rankings of America’s Best Health Insurance Plans.

U.S. News Media Group and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today released the fifth annual edition of America’s Best Health Insurance Plans on USNews.com.

All of the top ranked commercial plans and all but one of the Medicare plans are primarily Health Maintenance Organizations, or HMOs, as opposed to the more popular Point of Service (POS) or Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs). Many of the top rated plans provide direct medical care to their members

The 2009-10 America’s Best Health Insurance Plans rankings are based on analysis of 135 aspects of prevention, treatment, and member satisfaction, including such items as how quickly patients receive needed care and how well a plan controls blood sugar in people with diabetes. The Best Health Insurance Plans guide also identifies 120 plans that chose to report no data.

The full rankings of America’s Best Health Insurance Plans are online today at www.usnews.com/healthplans. The highest-scoring 50 commercial plans, 25 Medicare plans, and 25 Medicaid plans, as well as the “Honor Roll” plans at the top of the rankings, will be featured in the December issue of U.S. News, available on newsstands on Tuesday, December 1, 2009.

Top 10 Commercial Plans

Here is this year’s Honor Roll, defined as the top 10 commercial plans:

1     Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

2     Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England

3     Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization

4     Grand Valley Health Plan

5     Capital Health Plan

6     Geisinger Health Plan

7     Fallon Community Health Plan

8     Health New England

9     CIGNA HealthCare of New Hampshire

10    Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin

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