The 73,000-or-so South Dakotans buying health insurance on the individual market will experience double-digit premium increases, including those buying through the Affordable Care Act exchange, reports the Associated Press.
The biggest reported hikes are coming in plans that do not participate in the ACA exchange, where purchasers of insurance are eligible for federal subsidies. Dakotacare and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield are planning premium increases of 63 percent and 43 percent respectively, affecting more than 19,000 policy-holders. Another group of about 36,000 Wellmark customers will experience 15 percent increases.
Industry experts said the increases come after companies signed up populations that were sicker than expected and used high-priced prescription drugs and other healthcare services.
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