Editorial: Survey Reinforces Argument for Rate Regulation
A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey shows that even though many workers are receiving less comprehensive health insurance benefits, the cost of their employer-based coverage has "more than doubled over the last decade," a Los Angeles Times editorial states. It adds, "The data buttress the arguments in favor" of a bill (AB 52) that would allow state regulators to block health insurance rate hikes deemed excessive. However, the bill is "only a partial answer to the problem," the editorial states, adding that the federal health reform law "should help slow the growth of medical expenses in the long term by improving how health care is delivered and paid for."
- "Health Care's Rising Costs" (Los Angeles Times, 9/29).