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Georgia Health Insurance Likely to Go Up: Are You Prepared?

Insurance Commissioner has accepted insurance company plans with some rate increases almost as much as 200 percent.

(Credit: Big Stock) Georgia Health Insurance Premiums likely to go up, some by almost 200 percent.
(Credit: Big Stock) Georgia Health Insurance Premiums likely to go up, some by almost 200 percent.

GPB News reports that Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said some insurance companies have filed plans to increase insurance rates under the Affordable Care Act - in some cases by almost 200 percent. Hudgens said he sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, asking for a 30-day delay of submission in order to review the projected increases. However, after not getting a reply from the secretary, he went ahead and accepted the rates as submitted. The deadline was July 31, 2013.

According to the GPB report, Hudgens said companies choosing to offer health insurance to people who don’t currently have it claim the potential rate increases are justified. The increases are likely to impact up to 25 percent of Georgians. Likely to be most hard hit – those who are self-employed or own small businesses. Hudgens said he is asking the White House and Congress to either repeal or delay implementation of the law.

What kind of an impact do you think it will have if insurance premiums more than double on small business owners and the self-employed?

Brian Crawford August 06, 2013 at 09:30 AM
I wouldn't trust anything coming from the likes of Hudgins and Deal. Our state officials have done everything in their power to make Obamacare a failure in Georgia. States that have embraced it and that are designing their own exchanges have seen significant decreases in private market premiums. We won't know the truth until October first. I'm reserving judgement until then. The people of Georgia need to hold Deal and his Republican cronies accountable for the damage they are doing to Georgia's health care system. He is evidently believes we are too stupid to understand the truth.
J Tolbert August 06, 2013 at 10:20 AM
I agree, this sounds like a rouse to get people to not like the ACA. Why would he approve such a high increase, if he had power to not accept them? Stating that Sebelius never got back to him sounds like an excuse. Why wouldn't Hudgens use his power to negotiate an increase that wouldn't be so hard on the people, if he is the one with the power to give final approval?
Good Grief Y'all August 06, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Georgia's Republican officials, governor and legislature continue to stack the deck against its own citizens.
Michael Robinson August 06, 2013 at 06:11 PM
It costs more to fix a problem if you put off fixing it. We've known health insurance was broken for well over a decade, and now this country is paying the price for waiting so long.
Dave August 06, 2013 at 06:29 PM
This has nothing to do with Republicans in office in Georgia. This has to do with ObamaCare. For months, I have been trying to tell anyone reading this blog (among others) that this was coming. Liberals want to blame this on Georgia politicians because they are too stupid or too lazy to read the act. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence knew this was coming. And it's gong to affect the liberal sheep as well as those fighting against it. I guess when your paycheck is much smaller for inferior coverage, you will believe it...or maybe not. Depends on what MSNBC tells you to believe. Baaaa.
Dave August 06, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Brian Crawford..."we are too stupid to understand the truth" You said it, I believe it.
Good Grief Y'all August 06, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Gov. O'Malley in Maryland and his administration can show 'em how it's done. Problem is they don't want the ACA to work because above all else, they must go against the President. It matters not to them what's good for the people. Deal and Hudgens need to high-tail it to Maryland instead of obstructing and denying what's best for the people of GA. They need to work for us, not their own self interests, their R party austerity and crippling ideology. "Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and his administration have wholeheartedly embraced Obamacare implementation, in stark contrast to the the 34 states, mostly with Republican governors, that left the federal government to erect the health insurance exchanges that will be used by residents who don't get health benefits at work or are employed by small businesses. Maryland also exercised its regulatory authority to force health plans to curb rate increases for next year, such as the 25 percent hike initially requested by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in April." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/26/obamacare-premiums-maryland_n_3661017.html
Dave August 06, 2013 at 11:07 PM
ObamaCare is NOT "good for the people." Sheep. Baaaa.
thcooper69 August 11, 2013 at 02:51 PM
obama care has caused rates to go up all across the board familys that once spent 60 a month spend 600 a month for the same meds why? to pay for all tha feral obama voters who cant make it a real job and must survive of dat gubament cheese so u and i aka joe public are no forced to contribute more to pay for THEMB .
John Wages August 11, 2013 at 06:23 PM
I guess the hard working people will have rate increases. The folks that get it free want have anything to worry about.

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