Health insurance rate proposals continue to drop in the US

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New report highlights the falling frequency of health insurance rate increases As U.S. insurers warn that health insurance rates will spike in 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services has released a new report that suggests that health insurance prices are actually falling, and have been doing so since 2009. The federal agency, which is responsible for the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, has been noting the concerns that consumers around the country have been expressing concerning the costs of coverage. The agency has released the new report…

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Texas insurance regulatory system may be seized by federal regulators if the state’s Department of Insurance is not granted more authority

The Texas Department of Insurance has been reviewing health insurance rate proposals since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. Regulators have been scrutinizing any insurer that aims to raise rates by 10% or higher, but their efforts may be in vain. According to the Department of Insurance, regulators do not have the authority to block any rate proposal that they deem excessive. They also do not have the means to distribute information regarding rate hikes amongst consumers. This is because the state does not have the laws to…

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