12 States Release Proposed Premium Increases

While premium filings aren’t expected from the federal government until next month, a report from The Wall Street Journal released Thursday provides a snapshot of preliminary 2016 rate filings from health insurance market leaders in 11 states. The figures represent average increases in premiums proposed by the largest carriers in each state that has made requests public.

A separate report from the Associated Press notes that the largest carrier in South Dakota has proposed a 42.9 percent increase in premiums in the individual market. Increases are subject to review by the states and will be finalized in the fall.

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ALEC Members Tour Port of Savannah

Late this past week, ALEC members converged on the historic southern town of Savannah, Georgia to attend the 2015 Spring Task Force Summit. Before participating in task force meetings on Friday, 32 ALEC members, spouses and staffers spent Thursday afternoon touring the Port of Savannah. Operated by the Georgia Ports … »

Report: EPA’s Carbon Emissions Rule Will Not Mandate Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technology

A report from Inside EPA ($) suggests that the agency appears to have dropped the carbon capture and storage (CCS) requirement in the draft for the final Carbon Pollution Standards, as has been rumored for some time. Falling under Section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act, this regulation would apply … »

Texas Legislature Preempts Denton Fracking Ban

Last November, citizens of Denton, TX voted via referendum to ban the oil and gas well stimulation technique commonly known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” The outcome was significant since the city sits on top of the Barnett shale play, the third largest onshore natural gas producing field in the … »

Member Post: Washington Models Culture of Women in Leadership

By: Washington State Senator Jan Angel Washington state has a long history of women in leadership. Before even reaching statehood, Washington was already pioneering women’s suffrage, boasting some of the most active and powerful women in the nation. It must be that pioneering spirit from those brave settlers who carved … »