Oregon Obamacare insurers requesting double-digit premium hikes

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Health insurers who plan to continue their participation in the Obamacare exchanges recently submitted increased premiums proposals between 7 and 22 percent, according to new reports.

The Washington Examiner has the details:

The average, unsubsidized requests are 17.2 percent, according to independent analyst Charles Gaba, who writes ACASignups.net.

The rates are proposals that will ultimately be decided by the state’s insurance division.

ATRIO, one of the insurers who plans to participate in the exchanges, said in its letter explaining the requested increase of 21.8 percent that premiums in 2016 were insufficient to cover claims, and that the numbers accounted for tobacco use. It also noted the re-implementation of the health insurance tax in 2018, a cost that insurers shift onto consumers in the form of higher premiums.

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