Un­cer­tain­ties to cause growth in health pre­mi­ums

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - MORNING BRIEFING -

Av­er­age pre­mi­ums for in­di­vid­u­ally pur­chased health in­surance will grow around 15 per­cent next year, largely be­cause of mar­ket­place ner­vous­ness over whether President Don­ald Trump will block fed­eral sub­si­dies to in­sur­ers, Con­gress’ non­par­ti­san fis­cal an­a­lyst pro­jected Thurs­day.

The Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice estimate said 2018 pre­mi­ums will grow “largely be­cause of short-term mar­ket un­cer­tainty — in par­tic­u­lar, in­sur­ers’ un­cer­tainty about whether fed­eral fund­ing for cer­tain sub­si­dies that are cur­rently avail­able will con­tinue to be pro­vided.”

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