Officials said they pushed back last year on rate increase requests but, "given challenges companies are facing" and
"We were trying to make a one-time correction ... we hopefully got these products to a place now where they are more accurately priced," Miller said.
The department said the rate increases apply only to about 10 percent of
Miller also announced that the department will seek to join
The health insurer said the government failed to follow its risk corridors program, in which it promised to pay some of the losses insurers sustained during the first years of the new law.
"Headline rate changes do not reflect what these consumers actually pay because tax credits reduce the cost of coverage below the sticker price and shopping helps consumers find the best deal," Gold said.
And for the 60 percent of people with employer coverage, premiums have grown "at some of the slowest rates on record" since the health care law was enacted, he said.