HARTFORD, Conn. – State health care advocate Victoria Veltri was successful in getting the state Insurance Department to hold a public hearing on Anthem’s proposed 2015 rate increase, but it wasn’t until the last day of the public comment period in June that she learned ConnectiCare’s rate increase was higher than initially estimated.
According to documents filed with the Insurance Department, ConnectiCare Benefits, which offers individual plans on the exchange, had proposed a 2015 rate increase that averaged out to about 11.8 percent more overall, depending upon which plan you bought. However, in a subsequent filing on June 23 — the final day of the public comment period — the company said the average increase was 12.8 percent.
Neither of those increases would have been high enough to trigger a public hearing under the informal agreement Veltri has with the Insurance Department, but the change to 12.8 percent from 11.8 percent was information consumers didn’t have before the final day of the public comment period.
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