Fed up with increasing premium rates that insurers keep proposing, some state regulators have turned to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to help find ways to protect consumers against these rate hikes, reported The New York Times .
Vermont has become the first state to release proposed rates for health plans sold through its health insurance exchange. Despite insurers' and Republicans' predictions of rate shock, the premiums are in line with current rates.
Consumer complaints, regardless of the amount, don't impact an insurer's market share in Oregon, according to an analysis of the state's seven largest insurers by The Lund Report .
A new study shows individual premiums will likely rise an average of 30 percent in California, and has national implications because the state is leading the country in implementing reform provisions, particularly the online marketplace.
Insurers have been privately warning brokers and agents that premiums for individuals and small businesses could dramatically increase next year and, in some cases, could even double.
Will premiums rise as a result of the health reform provisions? Although we won't know for sure until later this year when insurers release their new rates, Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike already are predicting the answer.
About 80 percent of exchange consumers will pay the balance remaining after the subsidy by check or cash equivalents, potentially from multiple sources, including the member, a relative or charity.
Kaiser Permanente has a 40 percent share of California's health insurance market for employers and individuals, according to a new report from Citigroup.
A rarely talked about provision within the health reform law allows insurers to charge its members who smoke higher premiums than other members starting next year.
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield wants to raise premiums in Iowa, but the public is strongly urging the state insurance department to deny the rate hike.