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Report details costs, challenges of ACA’s newly insured
San Francisco Chronicle

Health insurers gained a sicker, more expensive patient population after the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage in 2014, according to an early look at medical claims from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which represents the most common brand of insurance. Newer customers had higher rates of diabetes, depression and high blood pressure, among other conditions, the association said in a report released Wednesday. They also visited the emergency room much more frequently than people who had private, individual coverage before the law expanded.

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