Lawmakers Warn Insurers About Blaming Reform Bill For Costs
Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) on Monday sent a letter to the
largest health insurers warning them about raising premiums and blaming it on the health reform
WellPoint, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, Health Care Services Corporation, and CIGNA received the
letter. Despite the requirement to add additional benefits under the law, the senators said the
costs should only increase premiums by 1 to 2 percent.
The lawmakers’ letter mimicks one sent to the industry September 9th by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that said the agency will have “zero tolerance” for insurers that blame premium increases on the reform law.