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House: 2014 projected health care premium increases by state

The House Energy and Commerce Committee worked with staffers from two Senate committees to create a list of projected health care premium increases by state.

To come up with the projections, lawmakers culled data from over 30 studies conducted over the past few years on what impact the health care reform law would have on health care costs.

The projections were published in the report The Price of Obamacare’s Broken Promises, which is available on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website.

It’s only fair to point out that you might want to take these estimates with a grain of salt. With as vehemently as the Republican-controlled House has fought to get the law repealed, the committee may have been less than objective when it authored the report. But many of the studies the authors used to come up with their cost projections are from well-respected organizations like Milliman, Wellpoint, Mercer and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Here are the estimated increases in individual market premiums the report projects will result from Obamacare (the report states “a range is provided to reflect differing estimates found in multiple studies or a range provided in one study”):

  • Alabama — 61%
  • Alaska — 30% to 80%
  • Arizona — 65% to 100%
  • Arkansas — 61% to 100%
  • California — 42%to 61%
  • Colorado — 19% to 41%
  • Connecticut — 39% to 61%
  • Delaware — 61%
  • Florida — 61%
  • Georgia — 61% to 100%
  • Hawaii — 56%
  • Idaho — 65% to 100%
  • Illinois — 61% to 100%
  • Indiana — 61% to 106%
  • Iowa — 56% to 100%
  • Kansas — 61%
  • Kentucky — 65% to 106%
  • Louisiana — 56%
  • Maine — 40%
  • Maryland — 34% to 39%
  • Massachusetts — 39%
  • Michigan — 35% to 65%
  • Minnesota — 29% to 56%
  • Mississippi — 61%
  • Missouri — 61% to 106%
  • Montana — 61%
  • Nebraska — 61%
  • Nevada — 50% to 56%
  • New Hampshire — 19% to 39%
  • New Jersey — 39%
  • New Mexico — 56%
  • New York — no projection
  • North Carolina — 61%
  • North Dakota — 56%
  • Ohio — 55% to 106%
  • Oklahoma — 65% to 100%
  • Oregon — 27% to 55%
  • Pennsylvania — 39%
  • Rhode Island — 8% to 39%
  • South Carolina — 61%
  • South Dakota — 56%
  • Tennessee — 61% to 100%
  • Texas — 35% to 65%
  • Utah — 56% to 90%
  • Vermont — no projection
  • Virginia — 75% to 82%
  • Washington — 39%
  • West Virginia — 56%
  • Wisconsin — 34% to 106%
  • Wyoming — 61% to 100%

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