Feds say increased premiums for Husky B violate law

The state violated federal law when it increased the premiums for many of those receiving the state’s Husky B health insurance plan, the state Department of Social Services has announced.

The state is required by the Affordable Care Act to maintain current premium levels; it is now in the process of reimbursing clients who paid the increased rates.

Enrollment numbers indicate the increased premiums did not impact the number of people who dropped their Husky B insurance for nonpayment. In March, 210 people were dropped for nonpayment. The last full month before the rates were increased by $8 to $10 a month, more than twice as many people were dropped for nonpayment. Enrollment has increased overall by 3.3 percent.

“Cost-sharing changes do not seem to have directly impacted enrollment,” an email from DSS to health care providers notifying them of the change reads.