Indiana Seeks Exemption from Key ACA Provision

October 12, 2011
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From the Did You Know category today: the state of Indiana is challenging a key provision of the ACA having to do with the medical loss ratio for insurers. That’s the amount by which insurance premiums are set a certain degree of cost implementation for overhead. The ACA requires the insurer to spend 80 percent on healthcare delivery, or else pay a fine. Indiana is pursuing a federal waiver from this proviso. Healthcare consumer advocacy weighs in.

From the Did You Know category today: the state of Indiana is challenging a key provision of the ACA having to do with the medical loss ratio for insurers. That’s the amount by which insurance premiums are set a certain degree of cost implementation for overhead. The ACA requires the insurer to spend 80 percent on healthcare delivery, or else pay a fine. Indiana is pursuing a federal waiver from this proviso. Healthcare consumer advocacy weighs in.

Indiana’s application is based on state politicians’ ideological opposition to health reform, not the realities of the state’s health care market … As the MLR regulations make clear, there must be a credible threat to the stability of the individual marketplace in order to grant a waiver. Indiana has demonstrated no such threat. We urge [HHS] to reject Indiana’s application.

Indiana is the only state in the country to request that consumer high deductible health plans be exempted from MLR provisions unconditionally. HHS will ultimately decide on the matter. | LINK

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