(1) Be considered for all purposes a directly affected party before the insurance commissioner for purposes of any application, hearing or appeal on insurance matters;
(2) Review requests for, and make comments on, proposed rate increases or coverage decreases submitted to the insurance commissioner with respect to the reasonableness of the request and impact on health care cost containment;
(3) Comment on the advisability, reasonableness and impact on health care cost containment of any other matter coming before the insurance commissioner or any other governmental agency or body.
(b) On or before the date of filing with the insurance commissioner of any rate, including any proposed increase or decrease thereof, and any coverage matter, including any proposed increase or decrease thereof, each company or organization, described in subsection (a) above, shall notify the board of such filing, by copy thereof or notice form, as the board directs.
(c) Each company or organization, described in subsection (a) above, shall establish, in a written report which shall be incorporated into each proposed rate application, that it has thoroughly investigated and considered:
(1) The economic and social impact of any proposed rate increase, or coverage decrease, on health care cost containment and upon health care purchasers, including classes of purchasers, such as the elderly and low and fixed income persons;
(2) State-of-the-art advances in insurance and health care management and rate design as alternatives to or in mitigation of any rate increase, or coverage decrease, which report shall describe the state-of-the-art advances considered and shall contain specific findings as to each consideration, including the reasons for adoption or rejection of each:
(3) Implementation of cost control systems, including a combination of education, persuasion, financial incentives and disincentives to control costs;
(4) Initiatives to create alternative delivery systems; and
(5) Efforts to encourage health care providers to control costs, including the elimination of unnecessary or duplicative facilities and services, promotion of alternative forms of care, and other cost control mechanisms.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session