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Covered California Decides To Allow Quality Ratings Next Year

CoveredCaliforniaThree large insurers have sent a letter to the board criticizing the decision to delay posting quality ratings for health plans participating in the state health insurance exchange. The letter was sent by: Kaiser Permanente; Sharp Health Plan; and Western Health Advantage. The insurers wrote that “there has never been a compelling reason to deny [quality rating] information to consumers.” They noted that exchanges in three other states – Colorado, Maryland and Oregon – already display quality data. ”We strongly urge that the display of health plan quality ratings go forward as originally planned, in the interest of both transparency to consumers and fair competition among Covered California’s plan partners,” they wrote (California Healthline, 10/23).