BCBS of South Carolina boosts exec pay; Connecticut commissioner opposes rate hike bill;

> Washington has rolled out an online appeals guide for people who have had a health insurance claim denied, according to the Kent Reporter. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said the new guide, which is the first in the country, provides a detailed blueprint of the steps to take to successfully appeal a health insurance denial. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, which has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in profits over the past five years, has boosted the pay of board members and top executives while sticking policyholders with ever-higher premiums, reports the Charleston Post and Courier. Article

> Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi is concerned about the potential cost and workload of a bill that would require the state insurance department to hold a public hearing for insurance rate increases of 10 percent or more, the Hartford Courant reports. Article

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