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Health Insurance Rates In Ohio Jumping 88% Due To Obamacare

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The Ohio Department Of Insurance (DOI) announced today that health insurance policies sold in the upcoming Exchange will cost (on average) 88% more than current plans. The large increases are due to mandatory essential benefits required by Obamacare and The Affordable Care Act legislation. The  projected were provided by the Society Of Actuaries.

These increases do not take into account federal tax subsidies that many individuals and families may qualify for. Families with incomes under $96,000 and individuals with incomes under $34,000 should qualify for assistance. This cost-sharing formula is based on 400% of the  Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Each year, the income levels and subsidies are recalculated to adjust for inflation. Cost-sharing assistance will also potentially reduce copays, coinsurance and deductibles.

Need Department Of Insurance Approval

The proposed prices still must be studied and approved by the DOI. This process will probably take approximately four weeks. When the rates are issued, they could be different than the original submitted rates. Also, insurers could decide to reduce the number of policies they are offering, or completely withdraw for the Exchange Marketplace.

One of the principal reasons that  individual health insurance rates are increasing so substantially, is because of all the numerous “mandated” (required by law) benefits that must be included for every applicant. For example, prior to 2014, if maternity was not wanted or needed, the benefit could be easily excluded from the private policy you purchased. The savings was often as much as $3,000 per year. Many carriers didn’t offer the benefit.

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Obamacare Hits Ohio!

And at a monthly premium of between $270-$800 per month (Just for maternity!), it was a coverage most Ohioans did not want at the time of purchase. Out-patient mental health and chiropractic  visits were also often limited or excluded, saving fairly significant dollars.

It is only fair to point out that many individuals and families will benefit by the new legislation. Applicants from low-income households or with serious medical issues (or both) will probably pay less than what they typically would have been forced to pay. However, if they are still uninsured, the designated Open Enrollment periods are the only times to purchase federally-mandated coverage.

Fewer Choices With Marketplace Plans

But after 2014, you won’t have a choice. That’s one huge reason why prices are going up…and substantially, for many residents of the Buckeye state. The four available types of “medal” plans: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze, will all contain many features that might never be used. But it’s the law now. Obamacare at your service.

There may be some affordable alternatives, such as buying a policy outside of the Exchange Marketplace. Otherwise, by selecting a “Bronze” medal policy, you avoid the most costly Ohio  options. Of course, by qualifying for financial assistance, premiums will reduce.

Obamacare Upheld By Supreme Court Ruling – How Does This Impact Ohio?

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By a narrow vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled this morning that the federal government can impose a tax on persons that refuse to purchase health insurance. Thus, health care reform (Obamacare) will proceed and move forward and much of the implementation will take place starting in 2014. But what about individuals and families in Ohio? How will we be impacted? We’ll try to answer some of those questions.

Does this change the way health insurance is purchased here in Ohio?

Currently, there is no “Exchange” set up here and there is a chance one may never be set up. However, Ohio can choose to allow the federal government to set it up. The current administration would like to see “Exchanges” in 2014 dictate how coverage is purchased. But the clunky nature of the Exchanges along with their unpopularity have many legislatures and citizens concerned. Additional research information is found here, with additional details on “benchmark plans,” “essential health benefits” and other ACA Legislation features.

So for now, Ohioquotes.com will continue to offer the lowest available rates from all of the top companies. Quotes are free and so is the professional service You can apply online or we’ll fax/email an application.  If Exchanges become the law of the land, we will continue to help you find affordable coverage through these government-run websites, which will also be referred to as “Marketplaces.”

How do most Ohioans feel about the health care law?

Last year, in a referendum (Issue 3), Ohioans voted against the change. Most residents of the state are still against the massive overhaul, and this could affect the candidate they vote for in the upcoming presidential election. If Mitt Romney is elected, it’s possible part or all of the legislation could be repealed or simply have funds withheld for its implementation. If Romney is not elected, the legislation will be fully implented and the healthcare landscape will change.

What are some of the good parts of the law?

Actually, there are many portions of the “Affordable Care Act” that are quite positive. For example, most preventive expenses are now covered with no waiting period and no out-of-pocket expense and dependents can stay on their parent’s health care plans until age 26. Insurance companies also must now spend less money on administrative expenses and more on health care costs. And of course, in 2014 insurers can not deny an applicant coverage because of any pre-existing conditions. However, after an Open Enrollment period ends, alternative coverage will have to be arranged.

Will premiums in Ohio now go up in 2014?

Yes. And perhaps substantially. Since insurance carriers can not decline any applicant for medical conditions, healthy individuals and even fairly-healthy individuals will have to pay more. And maybe a lot more. Look for rates to increase once 2014 arrives. What many people don’t realize is that currently, rates in Ohio are among the lowest in the country and with the Risk Pool and Open Enrollment, almost anybody can qualify for coverage. In 2014, it may be different.

I have a policy right now. Can I keep it in 2014?

The President says you can. Many experts in the field say you can’t. I guess we’ll eventually find out.

Legislative Reform Update For 2010

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Ohio health insurance reform has begun. So far, no major changes have occurred that will affect you. While we believe that the proposed health care reform changes will ultimately  increase Ohio health insurance rates, we””ll continue to monitor the progress and hope that rates stabilize.

Listed below are some of the most recent and relevant news/blog articles:

Health Care Reform Will Cost $115 Billion More

Health Care Reform Package Flawed

Health Care Reform Will Impact Southern Ohio

Small Business Group Joins Health Reform Lawsuit

 

UPDATES:

April  2012. Of course, most of you know that the Supreme Court has heard arguments and is determining the legality  of forcing consumers to purchase health care coverage. A decision should be made within the next 90 days. If the mandate is ruled unconstitutional, the future of the entire “Affordable Care Act” will be in jeopardy. We’ll try to keep you updated. -Ed

August  2012. The mandate is constitutional! So get ready for the Exchanges in 2014. Our website will continue to provide up to date rates and online applications.

January 2017 – The future of Obamacare is murky. President Trump will be tweaking, replacing, or repealing the ACA Legislation. We expect significant changes will be proposed within six months, and by 2019, most of these changes will be effective.