Commissioner Announces Decision on Health Insurance Rate Increase for Wellmark
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Iowa Insurance Commissioner
"It's never easy to decide to raise rates," Voss said. "It will impact all the people with this type of policy from this company, and some more painfully than others. The facts support the requested increase, in spite of the emotional resistance to do so. Overall health care costs of the people covered under these policies were the driving factor. Until we reduce underlying health care costs, rates will continue to increase at levels we don't want to see and that may be unsustainable."
The decision letter is available as a link from this release, accessible here.
The rate increase, impacting persons who received the notice of increase late last year, and not impacting employer group plans or
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2013 Hearing Transcript.pdf (http://www.iid.state.ia.us/sites/default/files/press_release/2013/01/16/2013_hearing_transcript_pdf_76310.pdf)
2012 Annual Report to the
The Challenge of Bending the Health Care Cost Curve Final (2).pdf (http://www.iid.state.ia.us/sites/default/files/press_release/2013/01/16/the_challenge_of_bending_the_health_care_cost_curv_19331.pdf)
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