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States are working up their own responses to individual health insurance charge hikes as a federal-level reaction continues alongside health plan premium increases.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met with insurance executives at the White House to talk about those increases, after she publicly slammed plans’ decisions to raise rates steeply in some states for 2010. President Obama, who also spoke out against large rate hikes particularly, a 39% jump by Anthem Blue Cross set to go into effect in California on May 1 stopped up by for part of the meeting.
State commissioners were there, amongst them Kansas’ Sandy Praeger, current inhabitant of Sebelius’ former office. Praeger is chair of the Health Insurance and manage Care committee of the National Assn. of Insurance Commissioners.
Praeger said in an interview the day before the White House meeting that states should place their own rules, but with a federal minimum level of omission as a “backstop.” Currently commissioners’ authority to commend, lesser or deny rate increase requests vary widely, as does the application of that authority

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