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WSJ - Insurer Health Premium Warnings Continue

Today's Wall Street Journal has another article concerning warnings by health insurers about potentially high premiums in January when Obamacare kicks in.

Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law, with the nation's biggest firm projecting that rates could more than double for some consumers buying their own plans.

In a private presentation to brokers late last month, UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's largest carrier, said premiums for some consumers buying their own plans could go up as much as 116%, and small-business rates as much as 25% to 50%.  

 Aetna Inc., in a presentation last fall to its national broker advisory council, suggested rates on individual plans not being grandfathered under the law could go up 55%, on average, and gave a figure of 29% for small business rates. 

Those at lower income levels will receive subsidy for both premiums and a subsidy reduction in deductibles, co-pays and out of pocket maximums.  Those at higher income levels will receive no assistance towards premiums.  



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