"Consumers have to have access to coverage, and they have to have a way to access federal subsidies to help them afford that coverage," Miller said.
Independence's rate increases range from 12.1 percent to 39.9 percent. They affect about 10 percent of Pennsylvanians who have health insurance, officials said. But for those who qualify for federal subsidies, premium increases will be balanced out by increased aid.
In a bid to keep at least one insurer in every
The approved increases for QCC, which sells traditional preferred-provider plans, ranged from 16.6 percent to 39.9 percent, regulators said. The lowest monthly premium for a 40-year-old nonsmoker in a mid-range "silver" plan will increase 16.6 percent, to
The HMO increases ranged from 12.1 percent to 39.5 percent. A 40-year-old non-smoker will pay
The plans in question are largely for individuals who cannot get group insurance through their employers. Consumers can start shopping online
Monthly premiums are just part of the cost for consumers -- they do not include out-of-pocket expenses, such as deductibles and co-pays.
The withdrawal of United and Aetna means that 30,000 will receive reenrollment packages for comparable Independence plans late next month, unless they choose a plan themselves.
Independence will give Aetna and United customers access to its member portal on
The first bill is due
"We do want people to stay covered," she said.
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