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Insurance industry mustn’t blame price rises on reforms, says US government

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5036 (Published 14 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5036
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The US health and human services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, has warned health insurance companies that there will be “zero tolerance” for “misinformation and unjustified rate increases.” She said, “Several health insurer carriers are sending letters to their enrollees falsely blaming premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act [health reform act].”

    Ms Sebelius complained about the increases in a letter to Karen Ignagni, head of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the organisation that represents nearly 1300 plans that insure 200 million Americans. She reminded Ms Ignagni that the insurance organisation had “fully supported” provisions in the health reform law to increase access to health coverage.

    The Wall Street Journal reported last week that some insurance plans …

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