Health insurers and HMOs in Connecticut have agreed to begin notifying their individual and small group policyholders each time they submit a rate request to the state Insurance Department for review.
They have also agreed to provide guidance to consumers regarding where to access the filing and how to submit comments.
The new policy was announced by Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Thomas B. Leonardi.
It saves the department from having to ask the state Legislature to pass a law imposing such a requirement on insurers and HMOs.
“Consumers have a right to know when their health carrier has filed for a new rate and the Department has worked closely with carriers to develop a letter on rate notification,” Leonardi said.
He said that in addition to the Department’s postings,”this letter is another important outreach resource that we can use to help educate policyholders about insurance rate procedures in Connecticut.”