Maine seeks exemption from provision of health-care law

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    humm 65%. Thats a pretty wide variance vis a vis 80%. I am interested in hearing what Maine may consider "activities that can be counted as improving customers' health".

    If Maine is 'granted' an exemption, more to follow?



    Maine seeks exemption from provision of health-care law

    Days before a key and controversial provision of the health-care law is set to take effect, Maine is the only state to have asked the Obama administration for an exemption, despite concerns expressed by at least a dozen states.

    Beginning in 2011, insurers must devote at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect to medical claims or other activities that improve customers' health - leaving no more than 20 percent for the insurer's administrative costs or profits. Companies that do not spend enough on the right purposes will have to refund the difference to their customers in 2012.

    Consumer advocates have hailed the new "medical loss ratio" standard as a ground-breaking protection against profiteering by insurers. But the law's drafters were concerned that it could prove too onerous for plans selling to individuals, whose customer base is less stable and healthy than those of plans serving small and large businesses. So the law permits states to request temporary adjustments of the standard from the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    According to rules issued by HHS, a state must provide data demonstrating that there is a reasonable risk that the new standard will force a critical mass of insurers to pull out of its individual market, leaving residents who cannot get insurance through their employer with little or no ability to buy it for themselves.

    States can request adjustments for the next one to three years. Though technically the law allows for adjustments beyond then, it's unclear whether they would be necessary: In 2014, the law will begin requiring almost all Americans to buy insurance - providing insurers selling individual plans with a considerably healthier, more constant pool of customers.

    Until then, Maine has requested that the medical loss ratio required of its individual market plans be lowered to 65 percent. State officials have also asked that the ratio be calculated using the state's own, potentially more expansive, definition of activities that can be counted as improving customers' health.

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    What's odd about this "exemption" request is that it's predicated on money --

    Why didn't Maine seek exemption from medical murder, forced organ harvesting et al?

    Too tough for 'em???? Or maybe they want the meat??

    I'm not buying that guff. Not one word of it and obviously other States have smart people who can see right through what Maine is doing.
     
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    How did Maine Vote on the Law in the first place? I don't think Anyone responsible for dumping it on the rest of us should get an Exemption. If anything they should have to pay an extra Surcharge for Stupidity. Just Sayin.
     
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    neither senator from Maine voted yes, both are rhinos too, collins and snowe. house wise I have to check....
     
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    they have 2 in the house-
    * Michaud, Michael, Maine, 2nd
    * Pingree, Chellie, Maine, 1st

    both dem and both voted yes.
     

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