The 15 States Getting Killed By Health Insurance Inflation

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Health insurance is back on the agenda for the Obama administration as rising premiums are now being targeted by new legislation.This Obama Plan B will put a major focus on limiting excessive premium hikes.

What kind of hike is considered “excessive”?

We’re not totally sure, a panel will have to decide that.

But after looking at the fastest-growing, most-expensive states for healthcare, we have a pretty good idea that Obama’s price commission will be paying special attention to these states.

Here are the states with the worst individual health care inflation >

Kansas: 11% Growth Over 2 Years

Facing rising health care costs for the uninsured, Kansas has already cut Medicaid reimbursement spending by 10%.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $2615

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2363

Source: AHIP.org and Kansascity.com

Illinois: 14% Growth Over 2 Years

Illinois is set to receive Medicaid support if Obama's new health care reform is passed, with all new Medicaid recipients being 100% federal financed.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $2843

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2499

Source: AHIP.org and ChicagoBusiness.com

Arizona: 14% Growth Over 2 Years

Arizona has a bill titled the Arizona Health Care Freedom Act tabled for a November 2010 vote to halt federal interference in state health care.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $2961

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2591

Source: AHIP.org and AMEDNews.com

California: 15% Growth Over 2 Years

Anthem Blue Cross is being questioned by Congress over a price increase of 39% on individual plan purchasers.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $2943

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2565

Source: AHIP.org and LA Times

Texas: 15% Growth Over 2 Years

Texas spends $3 billion on health care for state employees, and is in need of budget cuts after facing a possibly $15 billion budget shortfall.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $3208

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2782

Source: AHIP.org and Dallas Morning News Blog

Montana: 15% Growth Over 2 Years

Montana is building a $6.7 million facility for veterans dealing with substance abuse or mental health issues.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $3305

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2866

Source: AHIP.org and Billings Gazette

Indiana: 17% Growth Over 2 Years

The impact of tobacco on people's health in Indiana costs $3.5 billion yearly.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $2930

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2504

Source: AHIP.org and The Star Press

Nebraska: 18% Growth Over 2 Years

Obama's new plan would do away with the $100 million in direct Medicaid funding given to Nebraska to get Sen. Ben Nelson on board with health care reform.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $2950

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2505

Source: AHIP.org and The Hill

Iowa: 18% Growth Over 2 Years

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield are being investigated for raising rates by 18% on individual purchasers in Iowa.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $2606

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2202

Source: AHIP.org and Des Moines Register

Minnesota: 23% Growth Over 2 Years

Minnesota has had over 100,000 citizens from 2007 to 2009 lose health coverage.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $2978

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2424

Source: AHIP.org and Twin Cities Daily Planet

Oklahoma: 32% Growth Over 2 Years

Last year's $17 million cut in the SoonerCare program has many dentists considering removing themselves from the participating list.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $3220

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2435

Source: AHIP.org and the Muskogee Phoenix

Georgia: 33% Growth Over 2 Years

Georgia's 2011 state budget points towards a $608 million deficit in Medicaid spending alone.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $3228

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2419

Source: AHIP.org and Savaannahnow.com

Virginia: 37% Growth Over 2 Years

Virginia has recently passed a bill preventing the federal or state government from requiring anyone to buy health care insurance.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $3229

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2359

Source: AHIP.org and The Virginia Gazette

New York: 40% Growth Over 2 Years

Governor Paterson's new budget has the potential to take $370 million from the state's public hospital system and push it to private alternatives.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $6630

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $4734

Source: AHIP.org and NYTimes.com

Tennessee: 42% Growth Over 2 Years

Tennessee is currently trying to increase the quality of care for its home care patients while cutting the budget for such activities 7%.

2009 Cost Per Individual: $3150

2006-2007 Cost Per Individual: $2221

Source: AHIP.org and The Tennessean

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