Cost of Obamacare going up

A woman walks into the Access Health CT storefront in New Haven, March 25, 2014. (WTNH / Jeff Bailey)
A woman walks into the Access Health CT storefront in New Haven, March 25, 2014. (WTNH / Jeff Bailey)


(WTNH) — President Barack Obama has announced that the cost of health insurance through Obamacare will be going up next year. For those in Connecticut, it’s happening even sooner.

Eli Williams heard that Obamacare is going up nationwide, but he didn’t know starting November 1, the rates will be going up in Connecticut. He has limited income and feels Obamacare is rapidly becoming unaffordable.

“It looks like it’s not going anywhere but up and people are feeling the pinch trying to survive and pay the insurance,” said Williams.

At Access Health CT, On Exchange plans, which come from the Access Health CT exchange, carry different rates. Those plans could see rates rise between 17 percent to 24 percent. People who received subsidies from the federal government must get their plans through Access Health CT in order to qualify for a tax subsidy. If you go direct through the carrier, you will not be able to receive the subsidy.

Off Exchange Plans, meaning consumers go directly to the carrier, not through the marketplace, could see rates rise between 6 percent and 48 percent, depending on the carrier and the plan.

Access Health CT says they won’t know exactly what happens to the co-pays until the plan comes out in November. That’s what’s worrying Eli.

“I am nervous when I go to the doctor, because that is the first thing they ask for do you have insurance? And if you don’t have it, sooner or later they will keep you there for a little bit, but then you have to go if you don’t have the insurance. And a lot of people can’t afford it, and I am one of them,” said Williams.

In Arizona, Obamacare is more than doubling for those residents.

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