Aetna works to prevent early deliveries; New Mexico bill requires strict premium reviews;

> Aetna is working with the March of Dimes and the Leapfrog Group to encourage hospitals to prevent early deliveries when they aren't medically necessary, according to the Hartford Courant. Aetna will send out letters to expectant mothers explaining the benefits of waiting a full 39 weeks before having a delivery, if they plan to schedule one rather than wait to go into labor. Article

> Health insurance experts told an Oregon state Senate committee that it could reduce insurance rate increases with a more aggressive and transparent review process that included options for public hearings, reports The Oregonian. Article

> A proposed bill in New Mexico would allow the state insurance department to consider factors, such as an insurer's surplus and executive salaries, to decide whether to grant the insurer's request, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. The legislation also would alter how to appeal decisions by the insurance department. Article

> California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones released draft guidance for a new state law requiring insurers to provide detailed information regarding proposed premium increases and to submit a certification from an outside actuary for review. The guidance provides insurers with the factors that will be used by the department to determine if a rate is unreasonable, reports the Insurance Journal. Article

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