Hear about health insurance promotions on Oga. 15

People will have the opportunity to consider the request of the insurance companies to increase the cost of private health plans next year by about 20.4%.

Government Department of Insurance He has arranged for people to hear it Aug. 15 starting from 9 a.m The trial, which takes place in the government office downtown, will be held at Construction Office Building on Capitol Ave in Hartford. The event was moved to accommodate what is expected to be a bigger than usual event.

The trial will have a hybrid format, with some people testifying in person while others testify. Insurance company representatives will have time to explain their expensive requests, and insurance department officials will ask questions.

Anyone who wants to testify can write by sending an email to [email protected] and their name is written in the afternoon Aug. 12.

Those who want to testify in person can write on Construction Office Building date of trial, from 8:30 a.m Oral presentations will be limited to three minutes per person.

In addition to the large increase in personal opinion, insurers that sell policies and turn off In Connecticut The Affordable Care Act Exchange is proposing an average increase of 14.8% for small groups.

The requested increase is more than what was requested last year for health plans in 2022. Carriers in 2021 requested an average increase of 8.6% for individual plans and 12.9% for small group plans.

The proposal has drawn criticism from health advocates, who fear more people will drop out of care because they can’t afford it.

“It’s jaw-dropping,” Lynne Idea guide to communication software and communication to Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, he said last month. “Looking at these price requests, these trips are off the charts.

“Our biggest concern right now is that, combined with inflation and the fallout from COVID, this is adding to the problem. Our concern is that people will look at this and choose not to get health care, because they can’t afford it. .”

“My jaw hit the floor, obviously,” he added Ted Doolittle, the state health representative. “I am very concerned that people will end up without help because of these high prices. It is important that the insurance companies and providers explain to the people in the government why this is not possible and there is no alternative.”

Attorney General William Tonga he asked for a special meeting that would allow the government officials to gather evidence and seriously question the insurers about what they want to increase. Authorities could question witnesses and give their testimony in public.

So far, the insurance department has not accepted the request, instead opting for the hearing process it has been pursuing in recent years.

Three insurers are selling policies on the exchange: Anthem Health Plans, Company Profile CTCare Benefits Inc.and Company Overview ConnectiCare Insurance Company Inc.

Music asked for an average increase of 8.6% in private laws affecting 27,698 people. The proposed changes range from a decrease of 1.8% to an increase of 16.1%, depending on the order.

The company also sought an average increase of 3.6% on the recommendation of a small group of 19,271. The proposed changes range from a decrease of 1.2% to 26.3%.

CTCare Benefits requested an average increase of 24.1% for private plans covering 75,003 people. The proposed changes range from 18.7% to 33.2%, depending on the policy.

It also sought an average increase of 22.9% for small group plans covering 3,476 residents (an increase from 20% to 28.9%).

ConnectiCare Insurance Company, which only sells individual policies on the exchange, requested an average increase of 25.2% for plans covering 8,782 people. Expected rates range from 17.1% to 32.2%.

The insurance department will make this decision as to how much – if any – to add to the various health plans.

Open enrollment for the 2023 health policy begins Nov. 1.

Jenna Carlesso is a reporter for The Connecticut Mirror (https://ctmirror.org). Copyright 2022 © The Connecticut Mirror.