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Deadline of Sept. 23 to comply with the reform of health care benefit mandates has several negative effects for several Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. Above all agree Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to pay back 5.8 million members enrolled in each service area, citing the provisions of the Act to reform the health rights acquired as a catalyst. And other Blues plans Reform Act of samples of the child protection only blamed the market rate of increase in premiums and in other areas, drawing criticism from regulators.
said after an agreement with the state insurance commissioner, BCBSNC, it is a one-time refund of 215,000 members problem. CEO Brad Wilson said at a press conference on 20th September that the funds come from the company “reserves the active life”, which are part of the premium, which we keep for later in the early years of a premium greater political stability of political life, such as increasing customer costs of health care. ”
“Is essentially bought the last action or after March 23, 2014 the end,” After the reform bill of health grandfathering provision, “said Wilson.
“Therefore, the reserves of these products cover a much shorter period that the funds can be released.” He said that the refunds to just over 1.5 times the individual’s monthly premium will be equal. An insured pays 0 per month will receive a check for 0.
However, BCBSNC asked to increase an average of 7% for PPO Blue Advantage customers in August. The insurer said that when he submitted the proposal to increase it was the lowest since 2007 and that 28,000 would fall in their prices to get. The Insurance Commissioner has approved an increase to 5.37%.
So why the need to increase if insurers are more bags full? Lew Borman BCBSNC spokesman said the problems were resolved in separate talks. “The deposition rate was an annual request to hold an annual debate. The bonus question was lost.” Premium increases, he said, “are mainly used in the medical trend …. The active life reserve in 2010 and the enrollment is for 2011.”
But one analyst said that the issues are indeed linked. North Carolina Blues plan “clearly has greater legal capital,” says Brian Wright, equity analyst at Collins Stewart LLC in New York. “There are two ways to reduce the bond. The first is to require premiums lower than they would like the capital reduced the gap. “The problem with this approach is that” consumers a false sense of what really happened with inflation Healthcare underlying assets are, “he said. BCBSNC chose the second option, the excess is to give customers refunds for previous years premiums country. Wright said said, “It gives consumers the same advantages in terms of dollars, but not the false impression that medical inflation is lower than the reality.”
There is precedent for the Blues plan to return excess capital to policyholders through premium givebacks. In 2003, left a slowdown in the rate of increase in health spending many not-for-profit Blues plans with reserves higher than expected and scrutiny of state regulators. The result:
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island , said in October 2003, there are millions of customers, hospitals and other providers to distribute reimbursements have increased. The insurer decided to use a “rate holiday” to return millions of employers. Each group employer for a 5% discount on the monthly premiums paid. Another of dollars would be used to increase physician reimbursement, and distributes the last years of dollars to hospitals in Rhode Island. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee , said in October 2003 that there are millions of premiums paid on fully insured group and individual members to report in December 2003. Each registered or companies that had fully Tennessee Blues coverage of at least one month in 2003 were insured in question date back to about 4.5% of premiums collected in the form of a check in December 2003 by mail or credit for what they reveal in January 2004th Tennessee Blues plan does not include suppliers in the restore program. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey , said in February 2004 that distribute 0.8 million euros for small businesses, 0.9 million high Medigap members and 0.3 million individual members under 65. In addition, the insurer said it would commit millions to provide computer equipment and software for a number of New Jersey hospitals and physicians.
have now removed some Blues plans and other insurers cover children only, citing issues The reform provisions on pre-existing condition exclusions. The insurers said they would not have time such a policy 23 of September, when they can not refuse to sell the applicant to 19 years depending on the conditions laid -existing. In Colorado, for example, WellPoint, Inc. Anthem unit and several other carriers, including Aetna Inc., CIGNA Corporation, Humana Inc. and UnitedHealth Group, Golden Rule Insurance Co. subsidiary, said they were new sales the fall of the child only policy while continuing to use children for cover only enrolled in classes and children with chronic conditions in accepting the new family policy. Insurers reported in several other states as they return to products intended for children only.
In rules published in June, the effective implementation plan, effective September 23, 2010, insurers can not exclude pre-existing conditions from coverage for enrolled less than 19 years. In an effort to address concerns about adverse selection, HHS issued guidelines July 27th allowing insurers to limit the enrollment of children under 19 years “for certain periods of open enrollment, “if permitted by state law. But the open enrollment period must be considered a healthy and sick children, while the insurers – and some state insurance commissioners preferred the adoption of healthy children to enable the entire year . HHS reported that they try to open enrollment periods to adapt to address the risks of adverse selection, but no agreement had been reached by press time.
Meanwhile blamed insurers in several states, the reform increases the contribution rate. Rhode Island Blues plan, for example, told its customers it increase premiums by a few percentage points above the rate increases already approved for additional benefits of reform changes required by law. BCBSRI Rhode Island and other insurers that impose rate increases planned for comparable were fired from the insurance commissioner Christopher Koller. In a letter dated September 9 to the president of three of the state’s largest insurers, said Koller, that changes to the approved rate increases “as a result of MAPC [ie, the Reform Act] will material and used as an exception to the earlier decision OHIC …. you can not be quoted to customers, unless and until approval is entered by this office. “The insurer must also present “analysis to support the additional premium tariff rate for all proposed changes and why it should cause the average rate of increase more than the amount approved.
Anticipation BCBSRI spokeswoman Kimberly Reingold The AIS Report that “the costs of the guidelines of the Federal Employers Health reform add, and we are working with them on the real impact of premiums, which are selected on the performance of every employer to be understood differently. Whenever an employer amends its cover, or we are allowed to adjust prices to new services …. She added that “these rates could be between 1 , 8% to 3% more, according to design plan.
HHS reacted strongly to news that the insurer had liability reform increases in interest rates and market exit. In a letter dated September 9 at trade group plans America’s Health Insurance, HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius warned that there will be no tolerance for “misinformation and unjustified increases” on health reform leaders. In their letter, Sebelius said that several insurance companies falsely attributed to the increase in premiums in 2011 for the protection of patients in the Reform Act. According to the analysis of the administration and some “industry and academic experts,” the potential impact of the reform bonus would not be more than 1% or 2%.