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Backlash Also Notches Up, With Some Insurers Deciding to Drop Child-Only Policies

Latest Round of Health Reform Benefits Kicks In

Uninsured Americans continued...

DeParle says the insurers’ exodus from child-only plans is disappointing.

The administration has pushed tougher scrutiny of health insurance practices, including big premium increases. DeParle cited a decision by Blue Cross and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to refund $155.8 million to about 215,000 individual policyholders, a move related to reform changes. Insurance commissioners are starting to scrutinize rate increase requests more as a result of reform, she said.

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