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Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016

July 6, 2015  /  Insurers, Premium Increases

Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected.

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What’s Up With Health Insurance Premiums — Besides Politics?

August 29, 2014  /  Insurers, Premium Increases

Health insurers have begun notifying policyholders of their (in the large majority of cases) premium increases.  That has led to a public debate about the size of those increases and Obamacare’s culpability for them.

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Some states go above and beyond to keep premiums from rising

November 19, 2013  /  Premium Increases

Several states are going beyond Affordable Care Act provisions to further protect consumers from health insurance premium increases, U.S. researchers say.

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Premium Increases Under Obamacare May Be Overstated

August 29, 2013  /  Insurers, Premium Increases

Predictions of sharp increases in health-insurance premiums for people getting coverage under the U.S. Affordable Care Act have been overstated and many states will see little to no change, researchers at Rand Corp. found.

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Individual Health Insurance Premiums Post-ACA: What You Get Depends on Where You Stand

August 21, 2013  /  Insurers, Premium Increases

With the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) fast approaching, nothing has experts, policy makers, and voters on the edge of their seats quite like the release of individual insurance premium rates. It is a simple question–will rates rise or fall?–with an exceedingly complicated answer–it depends.

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Obamacare Spin 101: How to make premiums seem really cheap – or insanely expensive

July 29, 2013  /  Editorials, Premium Increases

Late Friday, Maryland published the final prices for health insurance plans on its marketplace, which will launch Oct. 1. What happened next is something I like to call Choose-Your-Own-Health-Reform-Adventure, a little-known and probably quite unpopular edition of the beloved young adult series.

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Kaiser’s rising premiums spark employer backlash

July 24, 2013  /  Premium Increases, States

For years, Kaiser Permanente has won accolades for delivering high-quality care at an affordable price.  Now, some of Kaiser’s biggest customers are complaining that the company is no longer a bargain and, even worse, standing in the way of controlling healthcare costs.

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Health premiums expected to be about 20 percent lower in 2014

July 23, 2013  /  Premium Increases

Premiums in the Health Insurance Marketplace are likely to be about 20 percent lower than anticipated in 2014, according to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Insurance Premiums Seen Lower Than Forecast on Health Law

July 19, 2013  /  Premium Increases

Premiums for some medical plans to be sold to the uninsured next year will be 18 percent less costly than government analysts expected under President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, his administration reported.

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How much will Obamacare cost?

June 28, 2013  /  Premium Increases

This is the summer when the country will find out just how “affordable” the Affordable Care Act will be.  There’s been a sneak peek this spring, when states started to reveal health insurers’ proposed rates for 2014, the first year insurers can no longer turn away sick patients and must offer a more robust set […]

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