The Affordable Care Act requires “rate review” — state officials must review health insurance companies’ proposed rate hikes. But not all state officials have power to regulate the hikes. In California, state regulators can only challenge rate reviews on technical grounds. They do not have the authority to deny or limit rate hikes deemed excessive.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis