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Health Care Reform: Report examines potential consumer cost


Eau Claire (WQOW) - New numbers have been released showing the potential cost of health care reform.  A report suggests consumers will have to pay up.

Insurance companies wanting to offer coverage under the new federal exchanges had to file their rates with the Wisconsin Office of Commissioner of Insurance.  The OCI says it appears premiums will go up for most consumers.  It compared what people are paying today to what plans will cost under the new federal health law.  For example, the report estimates a plan for a 40-year-old from Eau Claire will increase by 48%.  The numbers are based on a plan with a two-thousand dollar deductible that includes drug coverage.

The report says there's no question some consumers will have subsidies and may not pay those higher rates, but it also suggests someone will end up paying for the increases, whether it's the consumer or the government.

Health care advocates question the new report and believe it will only serve to create more confusion.

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