By Kathryn Mayer
Florida Blue — the Sunshine State’s largest carrier — is increasing premiums by an average of 17.6 percent for its exchange plans under PPACA next year, according to company officials.
The affiliate of nonprofit Blue Cross and Blue Shield blamed the increasing health costs on attracting older adults this year who previously lacked coverage and are using more services than expected, according to Kaiser Health News.
Florida insurance regulators plan to release rates for all health plans next week.
Some health analysts have warned of soaring premium increases
in 2015 due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Recent analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health
found that average proposed premiums for exchange plans will increase modestly in 2015, based on filings in nine states. Across the group, the analysis says, average monthly silver premiums will rise by 8 percent in 2015. More specifically, the analysis found that silver premiums will rise in eight states.
California officials on Thursday said that residents can expect a “modest premium increase" of 4.2 percent in health plans in the state’s exchange.
Florida does not operate its own exchange.
Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty told Kaiser Health News the rate increase is “typical” for the individual market
. According to the report, next year will mark the fourth consecutive year Florida Blue has increased premiums by an average of at least 11 percent for people under 65 who buy coverage on their own.
Originally published on BenefitsPro.com