CT residents will testify about proposed insurance rate increases

The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on insurance carriers’ request to increase costs for individual health plans next year by an average of 20.4 percent.

The state Department of Insurance has scheduled a public hearing for Aug. 15 beginning at 9 a.m. The hearing, usually held at a state office building downtown, will be held at the Legislative Office Building on Capitol Avenue in Hartford. The event was moved to accommodate the expected larger than usual crowd.

The hearing will have a hybrid format, with some people testifying in person and others testifying virtually. Insurance company representatives will have time to explain their requests for rate increases, and insurance department officials will ask questions.

Anyone who wants to testify virtually can sign up by emailing cid.RateFilings@ct.gov with their name and written notes by noon on August 12.

Those wishing to testify in person may register at the Legislative Office Building on the day of the hearing beginning at 8:30 a.m. Oral remarks will be limited to three minutes per person.