State shouldn’t meddle with Affordable Care Act prices by Bill Hammond | Albany Times Union

One of the key promises behind President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is that it would "bend the curve" of increasing health care costs. The fact that the nation's overall health spending has been growing at the relatively slow rate of 4 percent annually is a hopeful sign.

But all is not so calm in the part of the insurance industry most directly affected by the ACA — the individual and small-group markets.

What’s behind NY health plan hikes by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

New York’s health plans are pressing for dramatically higher premiums in 2017, a sign of financial turbulence in the insurance markets for individuals and small businesses as the Affordable Care Act enters its seventh year.
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