Health premiums to rise in Nebraska under health care law

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OMAHA, Neb. -- A sampling of policies by the Nebraska Insurance Department shows that about 82,000 Nebraskans will pay more than expected for individual health insurance next year because Blue Cross won't offer policies on the Affordable Care Act's federal exchange.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that extra increases averaging as much as 15 percentage points, on top of higher prices already set by the two remaining companies on the federal exchange, will push the premium increase to an average of nearly 41 percent for Aetna Health and more than 55 percent for Medica Health from their 2016 rates.

In the dozen health plans sampled by the state, Aetna's increases range from nearly 17 percent to nearly 66 percent. Medica's increases range from nearly 41 percent to more than 73 percent.

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