Standards for State Review of Proposed Insurance Rate Hikes Should be Strengthened

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Stacey Pogue /(512) 320-0222 x 117

February 23, 2011

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CPPP, La Fe Policy Research and Education Center, Texas Legal Services Center, and Texas Public Interest Research Group submitted comments to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking for Rate Increase and Disclosure Review. While the proposed rule gives consumers and regulators more information on proposed rates hikes, we urge HHS to strengthen the standards for effective state review to better protect consumers and help constrain the growth in health insurance rates.