HHS Releases Additional Grants To Help States Review Insurance Premium Increases

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will be sending an additional $109 million to 28 states and the District of Columbia as part of the Affordable Care Act’s effort to bolster state rate review authority over health insurance premiums. HHS has also released a new report, highlighting how some states are taking advantage of the dollars to review and in some cases reject unreasonable premium increases. Nine states have thus far passed legislation strengthening their review authority, 29 and the District of Columbia have hired additional staff, 37 and the District of Columbia have upgraded their IT systems and, 39 states have enhanced consumer protections.