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Healthcare premiums will increase in Wisconsin under Obamacare

Wisconsin will see an average 4.7 percent increase in healthcare premium rates, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This is for consumers that are covered under the federal healthcare plan also known as Obamacare.

Wisconsin is seeing one of the lowest premium increases in the country. States like Montana will have a 34.5% increase and Oklahoma will see a 35.7%. 

Caroline Gomez-Tom is a navigator program manager for Covering Wisconsin. She helps people through the process in the Milwaukee area.

"If people are questioning whether or not they are eligible for healthcare, are worried about the prices going up, if it's a plan they had last year, or if they are getting insurance for the first time, the best advice we can give is to shop around," Gomez-Tom said.

HHS states, eight out of 10 returning customers will pay less than $100 a month for their premiums after tax credits.

Gomez-Tom said the premium price depends on household size, income and home address.She also said financial help exists for those who qualify. 

“It really doesn’t reflect what consumers will actually pay out of pocket especially considering the financial assistance in health.gov in the marketplace," she said.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced  this week it will be cutting individual plans from the affordable health care in Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha counties. However, Gomez-Tom said there are still other options.

"There are still six major healthcare insurance companies in the marketplace,” she said. “We did lose one but we gained another so there still a good number of selections consumers can pick from."

Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and the increase takes effect Jan. 1, 2016. To find an agency that can help with the process, call 211.

SOURCE: HHS State Average Change in Premiums

Area

Total Plan Selections

at End of 2015

Open Enrollment

Year-to-Year Change

2016 Final Second-Lowest  Cost Silver

HealthCare.gov Average

8,838,291

7.5%

Alabama

171,641

12.6%

Alaska

21,260

31.5%

Arizona

205,666

17.5%

Arkansas

65,684

4.3%

Delaware

25,036

18.3%

Florida

1,596,296

1.2%

Georgia

541,080

6.1%

Illinois

349,487

6.1%

Indiana

219,185

-12.6%

Iowa

45,162

12.8%

Kansas

96,197

16.1%

Louisiana

186,277

8.6%

Maine

74,805

-1.2%

Michigan

341,183

1.2%

Mississippi

104,538

-8.2%

Missouri

253,430

10.4%

Montana

54,266

34.5%

Nebraska

74,152

11.8%

New Hampshire

53,005

5.1%

New Jersey

254,316

5.0%

New Mexico

52,358

25.8%

Nevada

73,596

8.1%

North Carolina

560,357

22.8%

North Dakota

18,171

8.9%

Ohio

234,341

-0.7%

Oklahoma

126,115

35.7%

Oregon

112,024

22.9%

Pennsylvania

472,697

10.9%

South Carolina

210,331

10.8%

South Dakota

21,393

24.7%

Tennessee

231,440

23.4%

Texas

1,205,174

5.1%

Utah

140,612

15.8%

Virginia

385,154

4.0%

West Virginia

33,421

18.5%

Wisconsin

207,349

4.7%

Wyoming

21,092

5.6%

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