Kathleen Sebelius, US Health and Human Services Secretary recently announced that health insurance consumers will soon receive better information on the value of their coverage.
Customers, whose insurance companies spend less than 80 percent of their premium funds on health care, will also receive discounts from them.
Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies, starting this year, have to notify customers how much of their premiums they have spent on medical care and quality improvement.
'Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could spend your premium dollars on administrative red tape and marketing,' said Secretary Sebelius. 'With today's notice, we're taking a big step toward making insurers accountable to consumers. Some of these insurance companies have already changed their behavior by lowering premiums or spending more on medical care and quality improvement, while the remainder will need to refund this money to their customers this year,' she said.