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 >
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
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
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
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
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
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