The public can comment on Connecticut insurers’ proposed individual health plan cost increases, which average 20.4%, at the Hartford meeting.
The steep rate increase requests stunned advocates, who fear people will not be able to afford health insurance if they are approved.
The proposed average rate increase for individual health plans next year is 8.6%, compared to 6.3% in 2021.
The companies pointed to rising medical costs and a higher demand for services.
Unlike some other governors, Ned Lamont can’t order insurance companies to cover coronavirus testing. But many have said they will.
The Insurance Department was urged Wednesday to block rate hikes on the state’s health exchange. Critics called the years-long cycle of increases unsustainable.
Anthem is asking for an 15.2 percent average rate hike on individual policies and ConnectiCare wants to increase premiums by an average of 4.9 percent.
A Delaware judge is weighing competing claims by the insurers whose failed merger turned into a messy divorce.
New polling from Gallup shows that the percentage of uninsured Americans inched up last year, but there’s no evidence yet that Connecticut is following that national trend.
The Trump administration wants insurers that offer plans through Access Health CT, Connecticut’s Affordable Care Act exchange, and other exchanges nationwide, to send people separate monthly bills for the cost of their abortion coverage — in addition to the bill they get for their regular premium costs.
The sixth open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act begins Thursday, as the future of the health care law, and its protections for pre-existing conditions, has emerged as a top concern for voters across the nation in the midterm elections.
A long-time director at Access Health CT was named the new chief executive officer of the state’s health insurance exchange. The exchange’s board of directors voted to appoint James Michel as the permanent CEO at its Thursday meeting.
The Connecticut Insurance Department announced Thursday that premiums for individual and small group plans can rise only about 3 percent on average in 2019, lower than the increases approved in recent years.
Connecticut state officials heard a renewed call on Tuesday for legislative action to avoid another disruption in health care like the one caused by the seven-week contract standoff between Hartford HealthCare and Anthem.
Consumer advocates said Thursday the impact of a prolonged contract dispute between a major insurer and healthcare provider, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Hartford HealthCare, has been exacerbated by the rapid consolidation of hospitals, physician groups and clinics in Connecticut. In eastern Connecticut, they said, there is a “dead zone” of coverage.