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Report: Health costs to rise 80 percent in WI

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MADISON (WKOW) – A new report says the national health care law will cause insurers who sell medical policies to see an 80 percent increase in claims costs by 2017.

The Society of Actuaries study says costs will rise largely because of spending on sicker people and other high-cost groups who will gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance spokesman J.P. Wieske says 24,000 Wisconsin residents with serious medical conditions will be moving into the private market as of January 1.

Officials say medical claims are considered the biggest driver of health insurance premiums' cost.

The White House has disputed the study, saying it ignores cost-relief components such as tax credits.

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