Columnist Slams Insurers for Rate Hikes Based on Location
Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus discusses how "insurers have carved the state into various zones based on the average cost of local doctors and hospitals." Lazarus notes that the Affordable Care Act "empowers the state to redraw insurers' rating regions" in 2014, but until then, "[s]tep over an imaginary line drawn by some insurance bean counter, and your rate can soar 25%." He asks, "In what parallel universe is this considered an acceptable way to provide health care?"
- "Patient Trapped in Health Insurance Rate Hike" (Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, 11/13).