ACA, Next Act

Karma in politics?

The states that are getting shafted by extreme increases in health insurance costs for 2018 are the ones that voted for Trump last year.

The Wall Street Journal identifies five states in which insurers are asking for rate increases that are close to or higher than 30% for 2018. These are

  • Idaho
  • West Virginia
  • South Carolina
  • Iowa and
  • Wyoming

These aren’t wealthy states, and that increase is going to make health insurance unaffordable for many residents.

In turn, that will put the uninsured back into receiving medical care in emergency rooms. Hospitals add the cost of ER care for the uninsured to the bills of other patients, which means that hospital charges (and group health rates) will increase for everyone else.

Some states have avoided this, notably New York and Pennsylvania. It might be instructive to compare what the administrations in those states have done differently. I suppose it’s coincidental that the states avoiding huge rate increases have Democrats as governor?


Sources:

  1. “Some Insurers Seek ACA Premium Increases of 30% and Higher,” The Wall Street Journal, published online, 1 August 2017, 8:45PM.
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