Under the first such federal rate review mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) an arm of the Health and Human Services (HHS) has demanded a Pennsylvania health insurer rescind its rates because its premium increases are too high.
The insurer in the spotlight is Everence Insurance of Pennsylvania. HHS went after the Goshen, Indiana-based insurer, a ministry of Mennonite Church USA and other churches, for charging small businesses in Pennsylvania "unreasonably high premium increases."
“Focusing solely on premiums while ignoring the soaring cost of medical care will not make health care coverage more affordable for families and small businesses,” said Robert Zirkelbach, press secretary with America’s Health Insurance Plans.
“We hope that by publicizing the excessive premium hikes, we will empower consumers,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated. “By shining a light on unjustified premium increases, we will hold health insurers accountable like never before, and help keep money in the pockets of Americans.”