Public comment sought on proposed increases for Anthem Blue Cross

Posted March 04, 2011, at 5:46 p.m.

Maine health insurance Commissioner Mila Kofman has scheduled public comment sessions in Orono and Portland this month regarding proposed monthly rate increases for individual, nonemployer-based health insurance policies sold by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine.

On Feb. 7,  Anthem requested an average rate increase of almost 10 percent for its HealthChoice, HealthChoice Standard and Basic, HealthChoice HDHP, HMO Standard and Basic, and Lumenos Consumer Directed Health Plan Products. If granted, the increase would go into effect July 1. The largest proposed increase is for 21.4 percent. About 11,000 Mainers are covered by Anthem individual policies and would be affected by these increases.

As insurance superintendent, Kofman is charged with ensuring that the proposed increases are not excessive, inadequate or unfairly discriminatory and that the company is in compliance with all state insurance regulations.

The public comment session in Orono will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the D.P. Corbett building on the University of Maine campus in Orono. In Portland, the session will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Lee Community Hall in the Wishcamper Center on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.

Comments may also be filed by mail or e-mail. For more information visit the Maine Bureau of Insurance at http://maine.gov/pfr/insurance/ .

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