HHS Approves Health Reform Waivers For Two More States.

The Hill (5/14, Baker) reported in its “Healthwatch” blog, “The Health and Human Services Department will let two more states — Nevada and New Hampshire — phase in healthcare reform rules that govern insurers’ spending.” Notably, the “new healthcare law requires health plans in the individual market — people who buy coverage on their own, rather than getting it through an employer — to spend 80 percent of their premium revenues on medical costs.” Yet, “states can request an adjustment if they determine that immediately implementing the new limits would drive insurers out of the state and disrupt consumers’ access to care.”
Bloomberg News (5/14, Armstrong) reported, however, that “health insurers selling individual policies in New Hampshire won’t get all of an exemption the state requested from medical-spending rules in the US health-care law.” Rather than the “70 percent requested by the state, New Hampshire insurers will have to spend 72 percent of premiums on care in 2011, 75 percent in 2012 and 80 percent in 2013 and beyond, the US Department of Health and Human Services said.”

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