Democrats Say 72 Percent Rise In Insurance Premiums Unlikely

The Indiana Department of Insurance says individuals purchasing health insurance will see their premiums increase by an average of 72 percent next year.

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The average increase reported is based on premium costs from four insurance companies.

The Indiana Department of Insurance says individual Hoosiers purchasing health insurance will see their premiums increase by an average of 72 percent next year when the Affordable Care Act takes effect, but the actual cost for many people could be lower.

The state Department of Insurance says those purchasing health insurance next year – on their own, not through their employers – could see anywhere from a 250 percent cost increase to a 10 percent savings, translating to a 72 percent average increase.  That is based on premium costs submitted by four insurance companies that will be part of a healthcare marketplace available to Hoosiers beginning next year.

State Senator Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, says it is not fair for the department to put out the average number, considering many likely will not see an increase that high.

“Without having any additional information, without having really a breakdown of what that’s going to be for the individual, that would scare me from purchasing insurance on the exchange,” he says.

Department of Insurance Chief Deputy Logan Harrison says it is not possible to breakdown how much each individual Hoosier will pay at this point. He says the 72 percent figure does not take into account tax credits that will be available to Hoosiers who earn between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level, a population he says is fairly wide.

“For example, up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four. That’s $97,000, roughly and some change,” he says.

Harrison notes the tax credits will significantly reduce the individual cost, though only eligible Hoosiers who use the marketplace can receive the credits.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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