Golden Rule Insurance Company has published some 2014 health claim data in a Connecticut rate filing.
Health insurers have used 2013 experience data in most individual rate applications filed up until now. Golden Rule was an application that includes some 2014 data because the policies affected have an experience period that runs from July 1 through June 30.
Golden Rule, a unit of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH), filed the application for a group of grandfathered individual policies that cover 2,342 people in Connecticut. The company wants to increase rates an average of 19 percent.
A grandfathered policy is a major medical policy that’s exempt from many of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions that apply to new policies. Although PPACA does not apply directly to most grandfathered policy provisions, it has affected the nature of people covered by the grandfathered plans.
PPACA encourages moderate-income people who can qualify for subsidies to get coverage from the PPACA public exchange system, but the structure of the exchange system may encourage people with health problems who want to see the same provider to stick with grandfathered plans. Regulators have shut grandfathered plans out of the major PPACA risk-management programs.