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Medical costs, not ACA, blamed most for big insurance hikes so far
Modern Healthcare

Roughly half of the health plans that filed for premium increases of 10% or more from July 2012 to June 2013 put some of the blame on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But the vast majority of the hikes were attributed to medical costs and other routine factors, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Fund.

“Overall, the Affordable Care Act’s benefit mandates and insurer fees had only a minor effect on insurers’ larger rate increases prior to 2014,” concluded the report, authored by healthcare scholars Michael McCue, of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Mark Hall, of Wake Forest University.

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