Poll: Virginians want more health insurance transparency from state as rates rise

Poll: Virginians want more health insurance transparency from state as rates rise
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A new poll indicates that Virginians was more health insurance transparency from the state as rates continue to rise.

According to a poll by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, “a majority of Virginians want state government to provide more consumer-focused transparency regarding how health insurance companies operate in the Commonwealth, and they support changes to existing state law to limit insurers’ ability to unilaterally change contracts with health care providers.”

The poll also found that 58 percent of Virginians say they are unaware that the State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance exists. It has regulatory authority over insurance companies

“59 percent of Virginians think the Bureau of Insurance does not do enough to provide consumers with information about contesting adverse health insurance coverage decisions such as claim denials,” a release said.

Ninty-two percent also support the state providing easy access to information to give more transparency about the insurance industry profits, medical expenditures, administrative costs and other metrics.

“81 percent support changing a state law known as the Ethics and Fairness in Carrier Business Practices Act to prohibit health insurance plans from unilaterally changing contracts with doctors and hospitals, a practice that is currently allowed under the law,” a release said.

To read the full poll, click here.

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