Iowa to continue reviewing rate increases; Payers cut mental health benefits;

> Iowa will continue to be in charge of reviewing large increases in health-insurance rates, despite a new proposed federal review program, reports the Des Moines Register. Federal officials said states now doing thorough reviews could continue to do so, and Iowa Insurance Commissioner Susan Voss said Iowa would qualify as a state that can handle its own reviews. Article

> Some health plans are cutting mental health benefits because of a 2008 law requiring that mental-health and substance-abuse benefits, if offered, be as robust as medical or surgical benefits, according to the Wall Street Journal. United Security Life and Health Insurance dropped mental-health coverage in individual policies it sells in Indiana and Nebraska because it saw costs rising and some competitors dropping coverage. Article

> The Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley has dropped its request for a hearing on the proposed merger between West Virginia United Health System and St. Joseph's Hospital, the Charleston Gazette reports. Article

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