Health insurance enrollment puts rate increases, network coverage in focus

HealthCare.gov has been plagued by technical issues since its Oct. 1 launch. | Photo by Michael Stacy
Missourians will begin shopping for health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov following Sunday’s start of open enrollment. | Photo by Michael Stacy/Missouri Business Alert

As Missourians begin shopping for health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov following Sunday’s start of open enrollment, they’re likely to encounter higher prices and more plans that offer fewer providers.

Missouri premiums are expected to climb by an average of more than 10 percent, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report. That compares to a 7.5 percent increase nationally.

The department plans to provide a review of rate increases in the state, in an attempt to explain what’s driving those price spikes. But many insurance brokers are less concerned about rates than they are about consumers understanding which health care providers are in-network and out-of-network.

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