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Insurers, GOP Object to MLR Rebate Notification Letters

Health insurers and Republicans have objected to the language of a letter that will go out with rebates required under the medical-loss ratio rule in the federal health reform law, as well as its intended recipients. Insurers, led by the lobbying group America's Health Insurance Plans, are upset that HHS might require insurers to send the letters to U.S. residents who are not eligible for a rebate, as well as those who do receive a refund. Meanwhile, Republicans have said that the timing of the letters -- which are expected to be sent just weeks ahead of the November election -- makes them tantamount to campaign literature for Democrats.

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