The request follows a report that the Division of Insurance allegedly felt pressure from staff members of U.S. Sen. Mark Udall over a statistic that 249,199 Coloradans had received cancellation notices for their insurance policies as of November 2013.
News site The Complete Colorado obtained and published on Jan. 9 internal emails from Division of Insurance staff regarding communication from Udall’s office questioning the number. The original story can be found here.
“The fact-finding review revealed no evidence of any intimidation, and the ‘level of of coercion by Sen. Udall and/or his staff’ was zero,” according to a letter written by Barbara Kelley, executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, to Colorado Rep. Amy Stephens, a Republican who inquired to DORA about the reports of intimidation.
A recent report from the division shows that the number of canceled policies has grown since November to 335,000. According to a release Wednesday, Senate Republicans are requesting that the division report back within a month, providing the following details:
- An updated number of how many individual policies have been canceled due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how many employer-provided plans have been canceled for the same reason.
- A geographic breakdown of policy cancellations by county to better illustrate which parts of the state have been impacted most
- The price difference between old policies and the proposed replacement policies in the case of cancellation notices that included an offer to renew at a higher price, including differences in both premiums and deductibles
Requests for comment from the Division of Insurance were not returned in time for publication.