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Arizona gets funding to study health insurance rates

Arizona is among 45 states getting federal money to take a scrutinize health insurance premiums.

Arizona is getting $1 million that the state Department of Insurance says it will use to review rates and help ensure, in the department’s words, “that consumers get value for their dollars.”

Part of that efforts includes new reporting and reviewing of health insurance rates, with state officials saying the initial focus will be on individual and small group coverage.

The $46 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the first installment of $250 million for state regulators under the new federal health care law.

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3 comments

  1. Really! I can do that in just two words : TORT REFORM!!!!!
    Instead it will go to increase the bureaucracy and make work to justify keeping someone around.

    I belonged to the State Healthcare Group, which is supposed to be for small businesses , HOWEVER, when my husband went on to medicare, because he had to, they dropped me because they are no longer doing just an individual policy. We have been with them for years and they were started and funded to cover a single person business. There study done… next!

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