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PA ACA Rates to Increase 32 Percent Before Subsidies

For residents in Pennsylvania, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rate increase will average about 32 percent in 2017, although very few will actually pay that amount because of subsidy rates....
November 2, 2016

For residents in Pennsylvania, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rate increase will average about 32 percent in 2017, although very few will actually pay that amount because of subsidy rates. Pennsylvania currently does not have its own state-run exchange, with no intention of deviating from the federal site’s services, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance.

Although subsidy rates will not raise “dollar to dollar” with the rates, they will increase. “I wouldn’t foresee any change in that in the near future in Pennsylvania,” says Ron Ruman, communications director for the department.

Meanwhile, an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that in Cleveland, the premium for one popular plan used as a benchmark will actually decline by about $5 for a hypothetical consumer who is 40, does not smoke, and earns $30,000 per year. The Ohio Department of Insurance notes that some consumers will see large increases. The department estimates that averaging across all available plans and customer characteristics, unsubsidized premiums in Ohio will rise by about 12 percent.