Category: Health Care

Instructions for Commenting to HHS on a Specific ACA Health Insurance Plan’s Rate Increase of More Than 10%

If you really want to get in the weeds and comment on a SPECIFIC PLAN with a proposed increase of 10% or more, do the following: •  Go to https://ratereview.healthcare.gov •  Select "Search ACA-Compliant Products.” •  Select Missouri and click on “Submit Search.” •  The search will return a list of insurance plans in the state with proposed rate increases of 10% or greater.  Click on a plan to see the details about the rate hike. •  CLICK ONLY ON PLANS SUBM ...

CCM Asks Feds to Hold Hearing, Find Health Insurance Rate Hikes Excessive

St. Louis, MO (July 30, 2015) -- Consumers Council of Missouri is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate projected rate increases from Coventry Health Insurance and four other Missouri insurers, each of whom has proposed raising rates by more than 10 percent in 2016. Coventry Health Care, which is owned by Aetna, is one of the major carriers on the federal exchange for Missouri.  It has filed for 2016 rate increases of more than 20 percent.  F ...

Rate Hike Proposal for Health Insurance in Missouri Draws Consumer Group’s Ire

KWMU, July 31, 2015 Large rate increases for health insurance may be in the works for some Missourians this year, but we won’t know the final prices for a few months. Last month, insurance companies nationwide submitted their bids for rate increases. The Missouri proposals from Coventry Health Care were among the steepest, including a 29 percent hike for individual plans sold on Healthcare.gov. According to rate filings, Coventry's rate increases could affect 70,000 people. ...

First Ever Rate Review Process Could Lead to Lower Health Insurance Rates

Consumers Council of Missouri, July 2015 Missouri is the only state in the country in which the Department of Insurance has no authority over health insurance rates.  As a result, under the requirements of the Affordable Care Act the federal Department of Health and Human Services reviews the rates for Missouri. Because the state doesn’t review rates on behalf of consumers, Consumers Council of Missouri teamed up with Missouri Foundation for Health to analyze the rates for 20 ...

Effect of Health Insurance Merger Concerns Local Consumer Advocates

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 11, 2015 A proposed merger between two health insurance giants is drawing concerns around the country and in Missouri, as some fear the consolidation could leave older adults in the state with fewer choices for health care. Earlier this month, Aetna Inc. announced it would acquire Humana Inc. for about $37 billion, a combination that would produce the nation’s second-largest health insurer, just behind UnitedHealth Group Inc. Spurred on by the ...

CCM’s Cause: Fair Health Insurance Rates

Recent media reports take note of Consumers Council of Missouri's work on behalf of consumers buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  CCM is spearheading the effort to review proposed rates before they go into effect. Health Insurance Costs to Rise, But How Much Depends on State KBIA, July 8, 2015 The cost of health insurance premiums - the amount you pay each month for your plan -  will likely go up in 2016. If state governments approve insurers’ proposed hike ...

Medical Companies Pay $72 Million to Doctors in Missouri Over 17 Months

KBIA Radio, July 8, 2015 Financial disclosures aren’t just for political candidates. New data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that Missouri doctors received at least $71.9 million from medical device and drug companies in 2014 and the latter half of 2013. Illinois doctors pulled in $104 million during that same time period, many of whom hail from the Chicago area. The statewide totals were compiled in a searchable database by ProPublica, a non ...

Consumers Council of Missouri Offers Health Insurance Rate Review Guide

ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 19, 2015 -- Consumers Council of Missouri has released it guide to helping Missourians review health insurance rates in order to make an important aspect of health care more transparent and accountable.  The state of Missouri has no law requiring health insurance companies to even file their rates much less have them reviewed or analyzed. The federal Affordable Care Act provides that the Department of Health and Human Services do rate review in states that ha ...

Data Revealing Higher Insurance Rates in Missouri Too Late to Help, CCM Says

Inside Health Policy, November 20, 2014 The executive director of the Missouri consumer advocacy group that had filed action against HHS for failing to provide information on issuers' proposed rate increases called the department's recent release of premium data too little too late, and said she remains disappointed with the department. HHS did release some of the information but did so in a non-user friendly manner, using spreadsheets instead of forms that are difficult to revi ...

Editorial: Undermining Obamacare Won’t Hide Its Success

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 6, 2014 As part of their guerrilla war on Obamacare, Missouri lawmakers not only have failed to pass Medicaid expansion, but have forbidden state insurance regulators from reviewing proposed prices and other details about health plans on the federal health exchange. That means thousands of Missourians must shop for coverage without the information they need to make informed decisions. What a terribly cynical and mean-spirited thing to do in ...

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