Auditors Report Lack of Competitive Bidding, Data Breaches at State Health Insurance Exchange

The Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange is using an “extremely broad” procurement policy, which has enabled it to award millions of dollars worth of contracts without a competitive bidding process, state auditors reported on Tuesday. The auditors also found breaches of client information that were not reported to the auditors, despite a state law requiring the exchange to report them when they occur. It was the second audit in two years to point out that the quasi-public agency that operates the Access Health CT health insurance exchange was forgoing a competitive bidding process on a high proportion of its contracts.  Auditors


Connecticut’s Health Insurers Ask for Steep Rate Hikes


Health insurers, in a hearing with the State of Connecticut Insurance Department on Tuesday, blamed lingering COVID-19 costs, an increased use of specialty drugs and a return to pre-pandemic demand for healthcare as reasons to significantly increase health insurance premiums for 2022.  Anthem Health Plans, which covers 1.2 million members across the state, has asked for an average increase of 12.3 percent in premiums for its individual plans, which cover 28,000 people, and 11.5 percent for its small group plans, which cover 25,500 people. The company also covers a large number of individuals by providing plans to large corporate clients.