Virginia today became the first state to unveil the premiums its health insurers will charge on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces come next fall, with increases ranging from 3.3 percent to 14.9 percent, according to insurance company filings with the state.
Anthem HealthKeepers, run by WellPoint, will hike premiums an average of 8.5 percent, with a low increase of 0.5 percent and a top spike of 16.6 percent. The company serves 110,000 policyholders in the state.
With 32,000 customers in the state, CareFirst Blue Choice will hike its premiums by 14.9 percent, while the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States has filed for a 3.3 percent increase for its 10,000 policyholders.
Some 216,000 people signed up for ACA coverage through HealthCare.gov, according to administration officials.
Reportedly, insurers in Washington state have also filed their 2015 policy rates, and Molina Healthcare is actually decreasing rates by 6.8 percent. Other companies in Washington, however, are planning premium hikes, ranging from 0.57 percent by Group Health Options to 11.2 percent by the Group Health Cooperative.
Washington has not officially released the insurers' 2015 premium plans, however.