Health insurance companies were seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more. Reason cited, new customers under the Affordable Care Act are seeking more treatment than expected. Increases of approximately half the amount requested is generally what state insurance agency approved. Some states fairing better than others.

The proposed increases indicate health carriers are still adjusting to the impact of the Affordable Care Act. The proposed increases, supported by reams of actuarial data, are fueling debate about the effectiveness of the health law.

A study by the Kaiser Foundation suggests that consumers would see relatively modest increases in premiums if they were willing to switch plans. However, to get low premiums, consumers may need to accept a more limited choice of doctors and hospitals and if they switch plans, there is no guarantee that they can keep their doctors.


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