So Far, Only New York Sees Double-Digit Rate Requests

Six states in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest have now released initial premium rate requests from individual and small-group health plans. And although both regions have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, only New York insurers asked for rate increases dramatically above industry expectations from the beginning of the year.

The nation’s worst outbreak took place in New York City and surrounding region, with New York City alone recording more than 380,000 recorded infections and 24,404 attributed deaths as of June 10. Because of that maelstrom, insurers operating in New York state requested a weighted average increase of 11.7% for individual market premiums and 11.4% for small-group premiums.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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