Consumer advocacy group sues for health insurance rate information

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The Consumers Council of Missouri is suing the federal government in an attempt to force the public disclosure of health insurance rate information ahead of the upcoming enrollment. The group filed the suit in U.S. District Court in St. Louis after the Department of Health and Human Services denied its Freedom of Information Act request for the rate filings.

The Affordable Care Act requires federal officials to make rate information public so consumers have the chance to challenge the price of health insurance before online shopping begins on Nov. 15. For many states, that role can be performed by state insurance regulators who have the ability to review an insurer’s proposed prices for health plans. But Missouri’s insurance department has no such authority.

A federal agency spokesman, asked about the Missouri lawsuit, said it plans to release the information but did not say how soon.

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