State insurance commissioners disagree about how high a proposed health insurance rate increase ought to be before it gets the attention of federal regulators.
Officials at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Kansas City, Mo., discuss that lack of agreement in a comment letter they have sent to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The officials sent the letter to comment on the Rate Increase Disclosure and Review Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that HHS published in the Federal Register in December 2010.
HHS drafted the notice to implement Section 154.200 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a component of the Affordable Care Act.
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If the act takes effect as written, the rate review section of PPACA would apply to rate increases filed on or after July 1, 2011, in states that do not require reviews of health insurance rate increases.
HHS has proposed reviewing rate increases for 10% or more to see