Consumer group sues over Missouri insurance rates

By Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press | Posted - Oct. 1, 2014 at 4:31 p.m.



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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A consumer group is suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to obtain information used to justify insurance rates in Missouri.

The Consumer Council of Missouri filed the complaint Tuesday in federal court. The agency didn't immediately respond to an email to its press office seeking comment.

The consumer group says the new health insurance law requires the agency to make the rate information public so consumers have the chance to challenge the costs they pay for health insurance. But the suit alleges that HHS has denied its records request.

Missouri is one of several states allowing the federal government to run their health insurance exchange. The suit says Missouri is reliant on HHS for any information regarding health insurance plans to be sold in 2015.

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