One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act is to scrutinize any proposal for an insurance coverage rate increase above 10 percent. Therefore, Blue Cross of Idaho's recent request to bump up its rates by 13.3 percent for one of its small-group plans will come under formal review. The increase, if approved, would apply to a plan that currently covers more than 6,000 Idaho highway and commercial-construction contractors and their families.
Blue Cross said policy holders of its Associated General Contractors plan used more medical services last year, and that's why the increase is necessary. A Blue Cross spokeswoman said that the requested increase does not fully cover the company's costs.
The proposed increase is the third instance of an Idaho insurer asking for a 10 percent or more increase since the enactment of the 2010 health care reforms.