Blue Cross and Blue Shield carriers are facing resistance to rate increase requests in North Dakota and Michigan.
North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm has rejected a 14.8% rate increase for individual policies requested by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, a unit of Noridian Mutual Insurance Company, Fargo, N.D.
Ken Ross, commissioner of the Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation, has reduced an increase in nongroup rates requested by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit, to an overall increase of 15.52%, from 24.3%.
In North Dakota, Hamm says he denied North Dakota Blue’s rate request because he believes the carrier did not provide enough information about payments to health care providers.
North Dakota is surprised and disappointed by the decision and expects to release a more detailed response Wednesday, a company representative says.
About 30,000 North Dakota residents have individual coverage from North Dakota Blue.
In Michigan, Ross says he gave Michigan Blue a lower rate increase than it wanted partly because he believes a shift in cost-sharing to enrollees has reduced Michigan Blue’s need for individual health coverage revenue.