Jun 4, 2015 6:22 PM
Health care overhaul could force premiums up
The Associated Press
More than 13,000 New Hampshire individuals who purchased insurance under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law could see double-digit premium hikes next year.
In preliminary filings, Maine Community Health is proposing premium increases of about 20 percent for its 10 plans, which currently enroll 4,565 people.
Minuteman has requested increases ranging from 42 to 51 percent for plans that cover 8,933 people. Both say moving Medicaid recipients onto private plans will increase costs.
Altogether, nearly 47,600 people were enrolled in individual plans in April, according to the latest available statewide figures. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Harvard Pilgrim haven't released rate information yet but are not proposing double-digit increases.
Insurers will be updating their requests next month, and regulators will have the final say.