Consumers Received $2 Billion in Premium Rebates for 2020
Health insurers have provided approximately $2 billion in rebates for the 2020 reporting year to an estimated 9.8 million consumers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing today. Insurers were generally required to provide such rebates and notice of any rebates owed to consumers no later than September 30, 2021. Rebate payments can be provided in the form of a premium credit, lump-sum check, or, if a consumer paid the premium using a credit card or direct debit, by lump-sum reimbursement to the account used to pay the premium.
CMS released a list today of all insurers owing Medical Ratio Loss (MLR) rebates for the 2020 reporting year, with total amounts by state and market. The CMS market breakdown estimate includes approximately 4.8 million consumers in the individual market and 5 million employees in the group market (this represents 2.6 million employees in the small group market, and 2.4 million employees in the large group market).
The Affordable Care Act requires health insurers to disclose how they’re spending consumers’ premium payments. If insurers in the individual or small group markets spend less than 80% (less than 85% for large group plans) of after-tax premiums on paying enrollees’ medical claims and activities that improve the quality of care, they must rebate the excess premium dollars back to consumers. For the 2020 reporting year, health insurers provided approximately $1.3 billion in rebates in the individual market, $384 million in the small group market, and $291 million in the large group market.
Today’s release also includes the Public Use Files (PUFs) containing the data from all health insurers’ final MLR filings for the 2020 reporting year.
For more information visit: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Health-Insurance-Market-Reforms/Medical-Loss-Ratio
Link to PUFs here: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Data-Resources/mlr
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