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Analysis Shows Narrow Age Rating Would Raise Premiums by Nearly 50 Percent, Causing Many Young and Healthy to Forgo Coverage
Date:9/23/2009

finds that restricting age rating ratios to 3 to 1 would increase premiums in many states by as much as 30 percent for younger people, relative to a 5 to 1 ratio.

"Younger individuals are much more sensitive to the costs of health insurance compared to older individuals. The bottom line is that if premiums are too high, young and healthy individuals simply will not purchase insurance and their needed cross-subsidies for older, sicker people will be lost, increasing the cost of healthcare for everyone," Serota said.

The study, prepared by Oliver Wyman for BCBSA, can be found on the BCBS website at: http://www.bcbs.com/issues/uninsured/background/impact-of-changing-age-rating.html http://www.bcbs.com/issues/uninsured/Sherlock-Report-FINAL.pdf

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 39 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 100 million members -- one-in-three of all Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit www.BCBS.com.


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