Wildwood man hit with major health insurance hike under new ACA provision

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM

(KMOV) -- A Wildwood man says he’s being slapped with a 350% hike in his health care insurance premiums because of the new rules of the Affordable Health Care Act.

Steve Fehr said he received a notice this week from Anthem Blue Cross – Blue Shield that his costs will go from about $200 a month to over $700.

“My blood pressure raised a couple points as did my wife’s, it was just incomprehensible,” Fehr told News 4.

The Missouri Foundation for Health, a non-partisan organization studying the Heath Care Act, said Fehr is part of a small group that will likely have to pay more.

The reason is because of required coverage on health care plans and lower deductibles under the Act.

The new requirements include maternity coverage and mental health and substance abuse coverage.

Ryan Barker of the Missouri Foundation for Health said, “In general it’s going to help people because it’s a better quality plan, you may pay more up front but better in the long run, for some people that can afford those higher deductibles, yeah it’s going to be a hit.”

Barker says the MFH has a website at CoverMissouri.org to help people understand the new law and its impact.

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