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2015 Unified Rate Review Template

Part III Actuarial Memorandum


Company Legal Name:
State:
HIOS Issuer ID:
Market:
Effective Date:

Aetna Health Inc.


Missouri
32898
Small Group HMO Rate Filing
01/01/2015 through 12/31/2015

Primary Contact Name:


Telephone Number:
Email Address:
1. Scope and Purpose:
The purpose of this actuarial memorandum is to support the development of the Part I Unified Rate
Review Template. Aetna Health Inc. (AHI) intends to use the following rate development for small group
business within its Missouri service area effective 1/1/2015 through 12/31/2015 for the products listed in
Exhibit A. This memorandum is not intended to be used for any other purpose.
2. Summary of Changes
A. Proposed Rate Increases
Monthly premium rates for AHIs Small Group Market products in Missouri are being revised from
previously filed rates for effective dates January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Generally,
rate changes do not vary by plan design, with the exception of the impact associated with planspecific benefit modifications necessary to comply with Actuarial Value requirements.
AHI is proposing a rate increase of 9.9% for this filing.
B. Reasons for Rate Increase
Rates for these products are updated to reflect the following:
Impact of medical claim trend (including increases in provider unit costs and increased
utilization of medical cost services);
Revisions to our assumptions about population morbidity and the projected population
distribution;
Changes in cost sharing levels to ensure that plans comply with Actuarial Value
requirements
3. Experience Period Data
A. Experience Period
Not applicable.
B. Earned Premium
Not applicable.

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C. Allowed Incurred Claims


Not applicable.
4. Benefit Categories
Claim tagging is used to fit all fee-for-service medical claims into four categories: Hospital Inpatient,
Hospital Outpatient, Physician Services, and Other Medical. Other medical services include
ambulance services, home health, durable medical equipment, and prosthetics. The utilization for
these services are counted by service type and rolled up into one utilization number for the total
category. Inpatient utilization is counted as days; outpatient and other medical utilization is counted
as services; physician utilization is counted as services; and pharmacy is counted as prescriptions.
Capitated services are paid on a per member per month (PMPM) basis and have no utilization values
attached.
5. Projection Factors
A. Change in the Morbidity of the Population Insured
Effective January 1, 2014, all policies issued in the individual and small group market are subject to
new rating rules, including guaranteed issue and no medical underwriting The change in the
morbidity of the future insured population relative to the current population in the experience period is
based on changes in underwriting and rating factors.
In addition, under Missouri state law, small groups will have the opportunity to elect to retain existing
coverage instead of purchasing ACA-compliant coverage. It is expected that groups who elect to
retain existing coverage have appreciably lower rates than those being offered through this filing on
comparable products, due to favorable underwriting. Therefore, AHI has adjusted the expected
morbidity of the ACA-compliant Single Risk Pool to compensate for this impact.
B. Changes in Benefits
Compared to the 2013 experience, the filed products include additional benefits to comply with
Missouri Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) according to the benchmark plan. The benefit changes
determined to have an impact on rates include the following:

Expansion of Biofeedback coverage anticipated to cost


Changes to private duty nursing coverage anticipated to cost
Hearing aid coverage anticipated to cost
Expansion of pediatric vision benefits covered anticipated to cost
Coverage of services at Residential Treatment Centers anticipated to cost
Pediatric Dental benefits expected to cost

The estimated net allowed impact of these changes relative to the current individual base period
experience is
or
of claims cost.
The impact on utilization trend due to changes in benefits is described below under trend factors.
C. Changes in Demographics
Experience data was normalized for projected changes in the 2015 age gender mix using Aetna
demographic factors. Experience data was normalized for rating area comparing the current and
projected member distributions by county using our company-specific market defined rating area
factors.

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D. Other Adjustments
The expected mix of business for 2015 was projected and used to determine a projected market
average rate. The effect of the change in mix of business due to differences in benefits,
demographics, area, and network is shown in the Other adjustment column.
E. Trend Factors
Allowed medical trend includes known and anticipated changes in provider contract rates, severity
and medical technology impacts, and expected changes in utilization. The impact of benefit
leveraging is accounted for separately in the projected paid-to-allowed ratio. The change in projected
utilization trend due to changes in benefits is also considered.
Pharmacy trend considers the impact of patent expirations, new drugs, other general market share
shifts, and overall utilization trend. Changes to the current network are included in the Other Trend.
We project an average annual allowed claim trend of 8.9% from the experience to the pricing period.

6. Credibility/Manual Rate
A. Manual rate
Because AHI intends to adopt the utilization management and cost containment capabilities currently
employed by
The manual rate
contains
member months and itself meets AHIs standard for full credibility.
B. Credibility
There is no experience data for this filing.
7. Paid to Allowed
The projected paid to allowed ratio in the projection is based on the projection of members by benefit
plan on Worksheet 2. Assuming the migration in Section 14, the paid-to-allowed ratio is approximately
89.9% in the 2015 projection.
8. Risk Adjustment and Reinsurance
A. Projected Risk Adjustment PMPM
Since the products were developed to be an attractive option across the entire spectrum of risk, the
risk adjustment PMPM, net of risk adjustment user fees, is expected to be
B. Projected ACA Reinsurance Recoveries (Net of Reinsurance Premium)
The ACA Reinsurance program does not distribute funds to Small Group plans but only collects the
program contribution. Therefore, no reinsurance recovery was projected.
9. Non-Benefit Expenses and Profit and Risk
A. Administrative Expense Load

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The methodology used to determine the appropriate administrative expense PMPM for this product
line involved forecasting 2015 administrative expenses and membership nationally. Administrative
expenses were based on historical expense levels and the changes expected with the requirements
of PPACA.
The projected administrative expense
of premium load does not vary by product.

The percent

Cost containment programs and quality improvement activities

B. Commissions

C. Profit and Risk Margin

D. Taxes and Fees


Taxes and fees include only the amounts eligible to be subtracted from premiums for the purposes of
calculating MLR rebates. They are as follows:
Insurer Tax
Reinsurance Program Fee
Exchange User Fees
PCORI Tax
State Premium Tax
Other State Taxes
Federal Income Tax

The reinsurance charge of


is not included in the amounts listed above despite its
treatment as a claim, in the MLR calculations.
10. Projected Loss Ratio
Under the current pricing assumption, the average MLR, as defined by PPACA, is projected to be
11. Single Risk Pool
In compliance with 45 CFR part 156, 156.80(d), AHI proposes a market-wide index rate, universal to
all covered lives and modified only by those Permitted Plan-Level Adjustments described in 45 CFR
part 156, 156.80(d)(2), and described in detail herein.
12. Index Rate
A. Experience Period Index Rate
The index rate in the experience period is based on the AHI allowed claims experience PMPM. All
benefits within the experience period are assumed to be EHBs; therefore, no allowed claims from the
experience period were removed.
B. Projection Period Index Rate

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The index rate reflects the projected mix of business by plan. The AV pricing values for each plan are
set based on the actuarial value and cost-sharing design of the plan, the impact of induced utilization,
and the plans provider network, delivery system characteristics, and utilization management
practices. Rates do not differ for any characteristic other than those allowable under the regulations
as described in 45 CFR Part 156, 156.80(d)(2). No variation in administrative costs is considered
for plans within a product.
Small Group Market Trend Adjustments: The following table illustrates the quarterly trend factors, the
resulting index rate for effective dates during each calendar quarter, the projected membership
distribution by effective date, and the weighted-average index rate.

Effective Dates

Membership

Trend Factor

Index Rate

1Q 2015

100%

$606.32

2Q 2015

0%

1.023

620.23

3Q 2015

0%

1.046

634.47

4Q 2015

0%

1.070

649.03

100%

1.000

$606.32

Combined Total
13. Market-Adjusted Index Rate

The Market Adjusted Index Rate reflects the Projected Period Index Rate adjusted for the expected
Risk Adjustment impact only.
14. Plan-Adjusted Index Rates
The Plan Adjusted Index Rates are developed using plan-specific adjustments to the Market Adjusted
Index Rate. The following briefly describes how each set of adjustments was determined.
A. Actuarial Value and Cost Sharing
We used
models
to estimate the impact of
different cost sharing designs. We also reviewed the projected experience and the projected
membership by plan to estimate an overall paid-to-allowed ratio. The result of these analyses was
plan specific cost sharing adjustments that were applied to reflect the impact of the different levels of
cost sharing on the use of medical services. These adjustments are based on
and have been normalized to result in an aggregate
factor of 1.0 when applied to the projected 2015 membership.
B. Provider Network, Delivery System, and Utilization Management
Network adjustments were applied to reflect the estimated impact of differences in the network size,
efficiency, and provider contract terms. We worked with our contracting area and other subject
matter experts to review the impact of these differences and estimated the expected impact on
allowed claims.
C. Benefits in addition to EHBs
The products discussed in this filing provide coverage for only those benefits defined as Essential
Health Benefits (EHB). These products do not provide coverage for non-EHBs.
D. Catastrophic Plan Eligibility

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Not applicable. AHI is not offering Catastrophic plans as part of this filing.
E. Distribution and Administrative Costs
Adjustments were made for projected administrative costs and profit margin. These are discussed
above in the Non-Benefit Expenses and Profit & Risk section, and exclude the Reinsurance
Contribution, Risk Adjustment User Fee, and Exchange User Fee, which are reflected elsewhere.
These expense and profit assumptions do not vary by plan.
F. Tobacco load

15. Plan-Adjusted Index Rates Calibration


A. Age Curve Calibration
The age factors are based on the HHS Default Standard Age curve.
We projected an average age factor for the 2015 membership of
factor of

We determined a calibration

B. Geographic Factor Calibration


For this rate filing, we have relied on our currently filed Small Group rating area factors, modified
based on information received from our Network Management team which indicated the expected
savings associated with improved unit cost arrangements with contracted facilities and providers
within each applicable rating area.
Exhibit G summarizes the rating area definitions and factors. Exhibit G displays the projected
membership by area and the projected average area factor of
The Geographic Factor
Calibration is the reciprocal, or
16. Consumer-Adjusted Premium Rate Development
Rates are determined using the prescribed member build-up approach. In the event that a family
includes more than three dependents under age 21, only the three oldest dependents will be
considered in determining the familys premium. Additional dependents (non-billable members) will
not be included in the rate calculation.
The premium for each billable member is calculated as:
Calibrated Plan Adjusted Index Rate * Age Factor * Area Factor * Trend Factor
17. AV Metal Values
The AV Metal Values on Worksheet 2 were based on the AV calculator. There were adjustments
made to reflect benefit features not handled by the AV calculator. Attached is the certification required
by 45 CFR Part 156, 156.135.

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Adjustments made to plan design entry within the AV Calculator (Certification Option 1)

Different pharmacy copays for preferred pharmacies, non-preferred pharmacies and mail
order. Copays entered into the AV calculator as a weighted average of the copays across
pharmacy types.
Stepped Specialist office visits. Used continuance table for specialist office visits to determine
the average coinsurance level to load into AV calculator. For copay plans converted copays
to effective coinsurance before calculating average coinsurance level and converting back to
copays for consistency with the rest of the plan in the AV calculator.
Outpatient Facility sub-categories. The Outpatient Facility benefit is made up of two subcategories; OP surgical hospital and OP surgical freestanding. The average effective
coinsurance using the weightings of the internal sub-categories was entered.

Calculations made outside the AV Calculator for plan design impact (Certification Option 2)

ER visits not subject to deductible. Used continuance table for ER visits to determine the
percent of visits that would not be subject to deductible and adjusted overall impact of
deductible to account for that difference. An out-of-model adjustment was made to the AV
calculation to account for this plan design feature.

18. AV Pricing Values


The Actuarial Calculator produces Actuarial Values (AVs) that reflect the portion of costs that will be
paid by the carrier versus the member, on average. The AV Pricing Value includes the following
allowable, plan level adjustments to the index rate

Paid to allowed ratio for the plan


Plan Specific Network Discounts
Administrative Costs
Commission / Distribution Costs
Additional Plan Benefits Above the EHBs

The allowable plan level adjustments were applied to the index rate to develop plan level rates for
each benefit plan.
The utilization adjustments discussed in Section 13.A. were applied to reflect expected differences in
utilization due to metal tier and plan design.
19. Membership Projections
Projected membership is assumed to come from the following sources of potential members:
currently insured individual and small group members, the uninsured, current Medicaid members and
high risk pool members. Membership projections are based on historical experience, enrollment in
ACA-compliant plans through May 2014, and our expectations for future sales as additional members
move to these plans from grandfathered and transitional plans.
20. Terminated Products
All products with existing membership in 2013 will be retired in 2014. In compliance with Missouri
state law, existing groups may elect to retain these plans or purchase an ACA-compliant plan. New
small groups must choose an ACA-compliant plan.
The HIOS Products that were discontinued at the end of 2013 are:
32898MO001
32898MO002

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21. Plan type


The plan types in the drop down boxes on Worksheet 2 adequately identify the products in the
projection period.
22. Warning Alerts

23. Reliance On Others


While I have reviewed the reasonableness of the assumptions in support of both the preparation of
the Part I Unified Rate Review Template and the assumptions in support of the rate development
applicable to the products discussed in this filing, I relied on the expertise of the following noted
individuals, along with work products produced at their direction, for the following items:

24. Actuarial Certification:


I,
am an actuary of Aetna, of which AHI is a wholly owned subsidiary. I am a
member of the American Academy of Actuaries and I meet the Academy qualification standards for
rendering opinions of this type.
I hereby certify in my opinion, that:
This filing is in conformity with all applicable Actuarial Standards of Practice, including, but not limited
to:
ASOP No. 5, Incurred Health and Disability Claims
ASOP No. 8, Regulatory Filings for Health Plan Entities
ASOP No. 12, Risk Classification
ASOP No. 23, Data Quality
ASOP No. 25, Credibility Procedures Applicable to Accident and Health, Group Term Life, and
Property/Casualty Coverages
ASOP No. 26, Compliance with Statutory and Regulatory Requirements for the Actuarial
Certification of Small Employer Health Benefit Plans
ASOP No. 41, Actuarial Communications.

The projected index rate is:


a. In compliance with all applicable State and Federal Statutes and Regulations (45
CFR 156.80(d)(1))
b. Developed in compliance with the applicable Actuarial Standards of Practice
c. Reasonable in relation to the benefits provided and the population anticipated to be
covered
d. Neither excessive nor deficient

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The index rate and only the allowable modifiers as described in 45 CFR 156.80(d)(1) and 45
CFR 156.80(d)(2) were used to generate plan level rates.

The percent of total premium that represents essential health benefits included in Worksheet
2, Sections III and IV were calculated in accordance with actuarial standards of practice.

Qualification The Part 1 Unified Rate Review Template does not demonstrate the process used by
AHI to develop rates. Rather it represents information required by Federal regulation to be provided
in support of the review of rate increases, for certification of qualified health plans and for certification
that the index rate is developed in accordance with federal regulation and used consistently and only
adjusted by the allowable modifiers.
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September 15, 2014


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(Date)

Aetna

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