Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provisions seemed to have a modest effect on health insurance premiums from mid-2012 through mid-2013.

Michael McCue, a health administration professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Mark Hall, a law professor at Wake Forest University, come to that conclusion in a paper based on analysis of rate filings filed from June 2012 through June 2013.

The researchers found that insurers mentioned PPACA provisions other than the MLR provision as a reason for a rate increase more than half the time.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.