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HHS Questions 71% of the Rate Hikes Reviewed

U.S. health insurers have had to post explanations of 186 individual health insurance rate increases on the Web since new federal rate review rules took effect Sept. 1, 2011.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and state insurance regulators started the rate review program to implement a section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).

States have required or persuaded insurers to reduce the increases they have reviewed by an average of 6.4%, officials say.

HHS has concluded that 71% of the 28 rate increase proposals it has reviewed were unreasonable.

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