The Connecticut Department of Insurance will not comply with a request by State Representative William Tong to postpone a meeting scheduled for August 15 to review the state’s insurance claims, according to the state’s insurance minister.
“CID will not delay the information meeting because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the carriers should have their prices set in early September. [Access Health Connecticut] we can prepare for the registration period that starts on 11/1/2022,” said Commissioner Andrew Mais.
Mais’ statement on Tuesday rejected Tong’s request to delay a hearing on whether Congress would expand the health care system, which is about to expire. Mais’s refusal to delay the event was the latest in an ongoing dispute between the attorney general and the insurance regulator, which began after several insurers asked to increase their rates by 20.4% on plans starting in 2023.
Although Mr. Tong called for a special hearing where he could ask insurance company representatives under oath, the commission has decided not to hold the training and continue with its plans to have a public hearing to review the requests later this month.
Tong reiterated the issue this week with a letter to Mais, urging the commissioner to file the case as Congress considers a tax extension that is expected to expire in January. According to Tong, insurers have cited resources that are nearing completion as part of their reasons for asking for double-digit rates.
“Increasing the tax credit would be a game changer, and would greatly reduce the need for an increase,” Tong wrote. “It would be a neglect of our responsibility to consumers to continue to hear about prices that are built on what seems to be nothing more than fiction. If Congress, as is expected, will vote to increase the Federal Advance Premium Tax Credits, applications must be revised, showing savings to consumers – before other options.”
However, in his statement, Mais disputed Mr Tong’s claim that the end of government subsidies led to the request to raise insurance.
“Contrary to this, CID did not ask health workers to consider that the ARPA extension will expire on 1/1/23,” Mais said. “In fact, we already asked each carrier to explain how they use the federal subsidy concept in their 2023 estimates so that we have the information and flexibility to deal with any changes.”
In a letter to TongMais said the planned hearings will give the public and elected officials a “good opportunity” to discuss the proposed rate hikes and the potential impact of federal increases in health care coverage.
Mais appears to be complaining that his agency will not properly review the proposed rate hikes.
“Nothing happens behind closed doors regarding the department’s ACA actuarial rate review, which has been certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to be a quality review process,” wrote a letter to Tong. . “The Connecticut Department of Insurance is proud of its reputation as a world-class insurance regulator.”
The hearing is scheduled to be held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday, Aug. 15 and will focus on plans offered through the state exchanges CIGNA Health & Life, CTCare Inc., CTCare Benefits Inc., and ConnectiCare Insurance Company Inc.
People can participate individually and individually and they can provide written evidence regarding proposals from Aetna, Anthem Health Plans, and United Healthcare/Oxford.