On October 26, Consumer Health First President, Leni Preston, presented testimony at a joint briefing of the House Health and Government and Senate Finance Committees regarding the 2017 health insurance rate increases.
She joined a panel with Maryland Insurance Commissioner, Al Redmer Jr., other consumer advocates and Kaiser Permanente. The focus of CHF's testimony was to provide legislators with some specific recommendations that we believe could create a healthier and more robust and competitive individual insurance market that would benefit consumers. In addition, we have suggested ways to improve the process by which the Maryland Insurance Administration reviews the proposed rates submitted by the insurance carriers.
We are looking forward to meeting with Commissioner Redmer in December and, at the request of the legislators, will be briefing them on our research, findings and recommendations moving forward.