Austin, Texas (PRESS RELEASE – October 20, 2010) – Celtic Insurance Company, Inc. (Celtic) announced the launch of its new, secure website to provide Texas small businesses with online rate quotes for Celtic’s HealthyTexas benefit plans which offer reduced premiums to eligible employer groups with 2 – 50 employees. Employers or agents can obtain a free rate online quote in a matter of minutes and then have the option to download the application or simply complete it online.
MyHealthyTexas.com also provides convenient access to other valuable informational resources such as the HealthyTexas eligibility guidelines, downloadable benefit summaries, provider directories, and an online tutorial to educate employers about Celtic and the advantages of the HealthyTexas program.
“Celtic HealthyTexas plans offer qualifying Texas small business owners and their employees an affordable solution for comprehensive health insurance coverage,” explained Frederick Manning, Celtic President and Chief Executive Officer. “To help ensure the success of this new program, it is important to achieve our visitors’ goals for fast quotes, easy navigation and straightforward plan explanations.”
HealthyTexas, a statewide public/private partnership established by the Texas 81st Legislature, provides a new health insurance option for small employers in Texas. Texas Department of Insurance is the state agency responsible for implementing and administering HealthyTexas. In order to participate in HealthyTexas:
- Employers must qualify as a small business with 2-50 eligible employees;
- Employers must not have provided group insurance 12 months prior to HealthyTexas application;
- At least 30% of employees must receive annual wages at or below $32,490;
- The employer must pay at least 50% of the premium costs for employees;
- The employer must offer coverage for dependents of employees; and
- At least 60% of eligible employees must elect to participate in the program.
About Celtic Insurance Company
Founded in 1978, Celtic Insurance Company, Inc. (Celtic) has grown to become one of the country’s most established consumer-driven health insurance providers with over 30 years of experience providing value-based commercial coverage for individuals and families across the country. Celtic, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation, uses innovative strategies to deliver high quality, affordable health plans and benefit options, catering specifically to the unique needs of various state programs including coverage options for uninsured and underserved individuals, small businesses and their employees.