Bills filed to fix insurance exchange and strengthen premium rate review

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Sen. Joe Crisco, Co-Chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, has filed bills to protect consumers in health reform. An Act Concerning the Duties of the CT Health Insurance Exchange directs the exchange to actively negotiate premiums with insurers on behalf of consumers. Other states are using negotiation to keep premiums more affordable. An Act Concerning the Insurance Department’s Review of Health Insurance Premium Rates directs the department to consider consumer out-of-pocket costs, affordability, provider rates, executive compensation in approving insurer rates and to directly monitor provider network adequacy. Both concepts are included in 31 Ways to Save Money in CT’s Health Care Budget.