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ObamaCare Problems Double Down In Colorado With Premium Hikes And Fewer Insurers

- September 21, 2016

COLORADANS WILL FACE BURDENSOME PREMIUM HIKES IN 2017, THE WORST SINCE OBAMACARE WAS ENACTED

Statewide Premium Hikes Will Average 20.9 Percent In 2017, Impacting About 450,000 Coloradans Who Purchase Insurance Through The ObamaCare Exchange

Colorado Has Approved Statewide Premium Hikes Of 20.9 Percent For On Exchange Medical Plans For 2017. ("Price Increase Summary - By Market," Colorado Department Of Regulatory Agencies, Accessed 9/21/16)

The Premium Hikes Will Impact About 450,000 Coloradans. "The figures released Tuesday are only for individual health care plans that people buy independently. About 450,000 Coloradans - or 7.7 percent of the state - fall into the category." (Josh Ingold, "Colorado Health-Insurance Rates To Jump 20 Percent On Average For Individual Buyers In 2017," The Denver Post, 9/20/16)

Counties In Southern And Eastern Colorado Will Face Unbelievable Premium Hikes Of More Than 40 Percent In 2017

Premium Hikes Will Average More Than 40 Percent In 16 Counties In Southern And Eastern Colorado. "In 16 counties in southern and eastern Colorado, premium increases overall will average more than 40 percent, according to the Division of Insurance's figures." (Josh Ingold, "Colorado Health-Insurance Rates To Jump 20 Percent On Average For Individual Buyers In 2017," The Denver Post, 9/20/16)

These Are The Largest Premium Hikes Since ObamaCare Was Enacted, And May Even Be Worse Than National Increases

These Increases Are The Largest In Colorado Since ObamaCare Was Enacted In 2014. "The increases are the largest in Colorado since the 2014 launch of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare." (Josh Ingold, "Colorado Health-Insurance Rates To Jump 20 Percent On Average For Individual Buyers In 2017," The Denver Post, 9/20/16)

"Colorado's Increases In 2017 Could Be Worse Than Those Nationally." "But Colorado's increases in 2017 could be worse than those nationally. An analysis done this summer by the Kaiser Family Foundation looked at potential rate increases in 16 major cities, including Denver, and projected that the average increase of plans in the most popular tier of the Obamacare exchanges would be 9 percent in those cities." (Josh Ingold, "Colorado Health-Insurance Rates To Jump 20 Percent On Average For Individual Buyers In 2017," The Denver Post, 9/20/16)

insurers are pulling back from colorado's obamacare exchanges, FORCING 92,000 coloradans to find new insurance plans with fewer options to choose from

Two Major Insurers Will Exit Colorado's ObamaCare Exchange In 2017, Impacting About 20,000 Coloradans

In April 2016, UnitedHealth Announced It Will Drop Out Of The ObamaCare Exchange In Colorado. "UnitedHealth Group Inc. will drop out of government-organized health insurance markets in Colorado and at least 21 other states as the U.S. industry leader tries to stem losses from participating in Obamacare, the health care overhaul that has brought coverage to millions of people. UnitedHealth notified the Colorado Division of Insurance this week of its intention to not apply for the state's insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, for 2017, said Vince Plymell, a spokesman for the insurance division." ("Obamacare In Colorado, Other States To Stem Losses," Bloomberg News , 4/20/16)

  • UnitedHealthcare Is Exiting The Colorado Exchange, Impacting 10,549 Colorado Residents. (Charles Gaba, "Colorado: 2017: Humana Is Out But The Future Still Looks Bright," ACASignups.net, 5/18/16)
  • According To Analysis By The Kaiser Family Foundation, United Health's Exit Will Leave 26 Counties And 7,318 Colorado Residents With Only Two Insurance Options On The ObamaCare Exchanges In 2017. (Cynthia Cox And Ashley Semanskee, "Analysis Of UnitedHealth Group's Premiums And Participation In ACA Marketplaces," Kaiser Family Foundation , 4/18/16)

Humana Is Exiting The Colorado Exchange, Impacting 9,914 Colorado Residents. (Charles Gaba, "Colorado: 2017: Humana Is Out But The Future Still Looks Bright," ACASignups.net, 5/18/16)

Two Other Major Insurers Are Scaling Back Their Presence In Colorado's ObamaCare Exchange For 2017, Offering Fewer Plans, Serving Less Counties, And Subjecting Customers To Double-Digit Premium Hikes

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Will Not Offer PPO Plans In Colorado in 2017. "Another, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, won't offer preferred provider organization - or PPO - plans." (Josh Ingold, "Colorado Health-Insurance Rates To Jump 20 Percent On Average For Individual Buyers In 2017," The Denver Post, 9/20/16)

  • Anthem Requested A 26.8 Percent Rate Increase For 2017. "Rate increase requests for individual plans were led by a 40.6 percent hike by Golden Rule, 36.3 percent by Colorado Choice, 34.6 percent by Rocky Mountain HMO and 26.8 percent by Anthem. The lowest increase request came from Denver Health at 0.08 percent." (Kevin Simpson, "Rate Hikes Proposed For 2017 Individual Colorado Health Care Plans," The Denver Post, 6/6/16)

Rocky Mountain Health Plans Will Only Offer Individual ObamaCare Plans In Mesa County In 2017. "And yet another, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, has shrunk its individual-plan business to just Mesa County." (Josh Ingold, "Colorado Health-Insurance Rates To Jump 20 Percent On Average For Individual Buyers In 2017," The Denver Post, 9/20/16)

  • Rocky Mountain HMO Requested A 34.6 Percent Rate Increase For 2017. "Rate increase requests for individual plans were led by a 40.6 percent hike by Golden Rule, 36.3 percent by Colorado Choice, 34.6 percent by Rocky Mountain HMO and 26.8 percent by Anthem. The lowest increase request came from Denver Health at 0.08 percent." (Kevin Simpson, "Rate Hikes Proposed For 2017 Individual Colorado Health Care Plans," The Denver Post, 6/6/16)

As Colorado's ObamaCare Insurers Withdraw, About 92,000 Coloradans Will Need To Find A New Insurance Plan And 14 Counties Will Have Only One Option To Choose From On The State Exchanges

92,000 Coloradans, About 20 Percent Of Consumers In Colorado's Individual Market, Will Need To Find A New Plan Due To Insurance Carriers Exiting Or Pulling Back From The ObamaCare Exchange In Colorado. "The changes mean that 92,000 people - roughly one of every five consumers in Colorado's individual market - will be shopping for a new plan when the open enrollment period begins Nov. 1." (Josh Ingold, "Colorado Health-Insurance Rates To Jump 20 Percent On Average For Individual Buyers In 2017," The Denver Post, 9/20/16)

14 Counties In Western Colorado "Will Have Only A Single Insurance Carrier To Choose From On The Exchange" In 2017. "In 14 counties - all in western Colorado - residents will have only a single insurance carrier to choose from on the exchange, although that carrier might offer multiple plans." (Josh Ingold, "Colorado Health-Insurance Rates To Jump 20 Percent On Average For Individual Buyers In 2017," The Denver Post, 9/20/16)

DESPITE THE EVER-MULTIPLYING PROBLEMS WITH OBAMACARE, CLINTON CONTINUES TO TOUT HER ROLE IN INSPIRING THE FAILED HEALTHCARE PROGRAM

Clinton Claims That ObamaCare Is Based On The Failed Healthcare Program She Created During Her Husband's Administration

Clinton: "Before It Was Called ObamaCare, It Was Called Hillarycare." CLINTON: "Before it was called ObamaCare, it was called Hillarycare, as you remember. I fought really hard. The insurance companies and the drug companies spent millions against me." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, 3/4/16)

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