States' change in claims cost in health overhaul

Medical claims costs are the main driver of health insurance premiums. A study by the Society of Actuaries estimates the new federal health care law will raise claims costs nationally by an average of 32 percent per person in the individual health insurance market by 2017. That's partly due to sicker people joining the pool. The study finds wide disparities among states. The estimates assume every state will expand its Medicaid program.

STATE

Percentage change, per-person, per-month

Alabama

60.3%

Alaska

19.2%

Arizona

22.2%

Arkansas

40.9%

California

61.6%

Colorado

39.1%

Connecticut

28.8%

Delaware

29.3%

Washington, D.C.

51.9%

Florida

26.5%

Georgia

27.6%

Hawaii

21.9%

Idaho

62.2%

Illinois

50.8%

Indiana

67.6%

Iowa

9.7%

Kansas

18.9%

Kentucky

34.1%

Louisiana

28.6%

Maine

4.1%

Maryland

66.6%

Massachusetts

-12.8%

Michigan

25.8%

Minnesota

18.9%

Mississippi

43.2%

Missouri

58.8%

Montana

20.1%

Nebraska

30.8%

Nevada

29.2%

New Hampshire

36.8%

New Jersey

-1.4%

New Mexico

34.9%

New York

-13.9%

North Carolina

13.5%

North Dakota

8.4%

Ohio

80.9%

Oklahoma

29.3%

Oregon

14.3%

Pennsylvania

28.0%

Rhode Island

-6.6%

South Carolina

36.8%

South Dakota

29.0%

Tennessee

46.4%

Texas

33.8%

Utah

28.4%

Vermont

-12.5%

Virginia

28.4%

Washington

13.7%

West Virginia

35.3%

Wisconsin

80.0%

Wyoming

31.6%

National

31.5%

Source: Society of Actuaries

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