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Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Georgia Seeks Stiff Premium Increases For 2018

The premium hikes for the company's policies will range from more than 25 percent to 55.7 percent. Blue Cross is the only insurer in 96 of Georgia’s 159 counties.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Citing Uncertainty, Blue Cross Seeks Big Rate Increases In Georgia
In a blow to consumers insured on the state’s Obamacare exchange plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia has proposed to raise rates an average of 40.6 percent in 2018. Blue Cross said that if policy in Washington weakens the exchange, it may even pull out of the Georgia Obamacare market. The insurance company is the only one left that insures residents in every county in the state under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. (Hart, 7/6)

Georgia Health News: Blue Cross, Other Insurers Seeking Big Premium Hikes
Georgia’s largest health insurer is requesting an average premium increase of 40 percent for individual coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange next year. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is the only health insurer scheduled to deliver a product in all 159 Georgia counties in the exchanges, which are designed to offer coverage to people who don’t get job-based or government health plans. (Miller, 7/6)

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