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WellPoint CFO says feds may phase in medical-spending rule

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Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.’s chief financial officer said U.S. regulators may phase in requirements on how much health insurers spend on medical care to avoid pushing plans out of the market for people who buy their own coverage.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is considering a phase-in of the requirement that plans spend at least 80 percent of premiums they collect on customers’ care, Wayne DeVeydt, WellPoint’s CFO, said Wednesday in a presentation at a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. investor conference in Los Angeles.

The delay has been discussed for policies in the individual market, DeVeydt said.

The commissioners’ group has said it will make recommendations in July, and the U.S. Health and Human Services Department is expected to issue a final rule after that.

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