In Alabama, Lack Of Competition May Be Behind Insurance Premium Costs

Kaiser Health News staff writer Jay Hancock, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: "The letters landed in early October, cancelling health plans for thousands of BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama members and offering to enroll them in new coverage at often substantially higher cost. ‘I thought my plan might go up like $30. I didn't know it was going to [nearly] double’ to $478 a month, said Merry Hardy, who is self-employed and lives in Alexander City, in the middle of the state. 'I'm thinking, please God, let Obamacare fail'" (Hancock, 11/4). Read the story.

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