Another ObamaCare Shock Is Coming: 2016 Deductibles

ObamaCare costs will jump next year for exchange customers!

one way or the other. Premiums are set to spike by more than 20% in at least 16

states. But, for many, the real sticker shock will be soaring deductibles that

mean they will get few benefits until they’ve racked up huge bills.

Low-end bronze plans have deductibles hitting $6,850 in 2016. Now

affordable care act img insurers are hiking silver-plan deductibles as high as $6,500 as a way to keep a lid on premiums.

The downside isn’t just more out-of-pocket costs for

patients; it also will have a ripple effect of reducing taxpayer subsidies for

cheaper plans.

Take Indiana, where average premiums are set to rise just under 1% on

average, tied for the lowest in the nation, according to ACA Signups.net. The

cheapest silver plan in Indianapolis will actually fall by 6%, but that doesn’t

necessarily mean customers will get a better deal.

The 2016 ObamaCare exchange shopping season set to start on Nov. 1. The 2016 ObamaCare exchange shopping season set to start on Nov. 1.This year’s cheapest silver plan, from CareSource, has a $3,500 deductible.

But in 2016 the cheapest plan, from Ambetter, will have a $6,500 deductible an

86% jump.

Nationally, individual market premiums will rise 12.5%

on

average, according to an analysis by Charles Gaba of ACASignups.net.

Yet customers in many states will be able to avoid big premium hikes by

switching plans. That’s because some of the biggest increases are coming from

plans that attracted a lot of customers by setting rates too low to cover the

medical costs.

Seattle’s Big Needle

The Kaiser Family Foundation looked at 2016 premiums in major cities of 13 states plus D.C. and found that the cost of the second-cheapest silver plan

would rise just 4.4%. A big reason is because Seattle’s is set to drop by

10.8%.

But here’s what the Kaiser researchers didn’t say: The deductible for

Seattle’s second-cheapest plan will soar 175%, from $2,000 this year to $5,500

in 2016. Meanwhile, the out-of-pocket maximum will jump 30%, from $5,000 to

$6,500. As for Seattle’s cheapest silver plan also from Ambetter it will

have a $6,500 deductible.

Ambetter plans, operated by Centene (NYSE:CNC) in a dozen states, aren’t the

only silver plans with deductibles of $6,000 or more. Blue Cross and Blue Shield

plans in Illinois and Texas, both part of Health Care Service Corp., offer

silver plans with $6,000 deductibles in 2015, though those plans offer more

extensive benefits before the deductible than will be available under the

Ambetter plans in 2016.

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