Chappaqua Residents Could See Double-Digit Spikes In Health Insurance

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Residents of Westchester County and across New York State could see their health insurance premiums spike by an average of 13 percent according to capitalnewyork.com.

The request for increase was made by 41 companies and include increases on the six most popular plans on the state's health exchange. Reasons for the increase included: a sicker than anticipated population, rising medical costs and government regulations, captialnewyork.com reported.

Last year, insurers requested a 9.5 percent increase but the average increase approved by the department of financial services was only about 4.5 percent, capitalnewyork.com said.

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This is good news for the whole state citizens. Health insurance should give us quality protection and service at a great price. Every policy must come with the support of a knowledgeable and friendly agent and company. With personal attention and service, you'll have the information you need to choose the insurance coverage that makes the most sense for you. It is very important that we are careful enough in choosing sources for this kind of transaction to avoid scam agents.

Thanks for this post. Health is wealth that's why we should all invest on it. Practicing healthy eating and daily exercise contribute to the overall wellness of our body. Applying for a health insurance is great gift for yourself and to your family as well.

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So these rates have to be approved. I urge you all to write in to object to the rising rates. I also would like to see more information on why Health Republic is raising its rates after luring so many of us in on their low rates. Now they are asking that their rates be raised to match that of FOR PROFIT companies like Oxford. For profit companies make a 4-5% profit, so that that right off the top of their request. Also, I cannot find any annual statements, filings or tax returns for them. As a registered 501c3, they should be giving us more information...

When I had private insurance, way before Obamacare, double digit increases were every year and 13% was cheap.

@Robmaur -- I have been documenting Health Insurance increases fro the past 10 years and 12-15% is the average.
Problem here is that President Obama indicated that cost this year will be substantially lower to all.
Look up on youtube videos of this topic by the President, you will find many, many examples of his broken promises... It is very sad...

Are the insurance companies asking for this increase ?

Yes, they have to make their request in writing to the state government. If we do not all protest these increases or ask for justification, it will just be passed and rates go up. We do have a choice in fighting this.

According to Obama and Pelosi, the cost of health care would be going down, not going up. But as usual, any time the Federal government gets involved in anything, they just can't get the numbers right. Doesn't surprise me with the ACA - Obama and Pelosi lied from the start, and they continue lying. If Obama really wants to make a difference with affordable health care, he'll issue one of his famous executive orders mandating that ALL public and union employees in all services and industries MUST participate, and pay out of their own pockets. Then maybe we'll see a lowering of health care costs because those crybabies will scream so loudly, the medical industry will just have to comply.

I definitely agree about all public employees participating especially in Washington. That goes for Social Security also. Medicare though has been a low cost success and for many a godsend. The Medicare tax which is a tiny part of payroll taxes should be subject to all earned income with no maximum income limit. That small contribution would alleviate some of the future shortfall.

Careful folks, if you disagreed with Obama you where originally a racist but now according to DDIGGLER you are now "Right wing trailer trash". DDIGGLER you are such a dick!

The blame is squarely in our court, we the electorate.

The root causes of the payment system failures were NEVER identified, prioritized, solutions proposed with operational plans for implementation agreed to and then put into practice.

But then again this is the behavior of the political hack society we accept, vote in time and time again.

We allowed our Congressional Leaders to fool us into believing we were too dumb to read a 2700 page Bill that they did not read.

We allowed a so called "press" to keep its mouth shut to advance their political agenda. Lets hope we wake up and stop buying their pap.

IT WILL ALL END WHEN THERE IS NO MORE MONEY.

Or when we are all on some sort of dole with the political hacks blaming us for being selfish as they lavish themselves.

As an aside --

First: the healthcare system is not broken. We have the best medical in the world bar none. Notice how many Canadians and other foreign nationals come here. We have to correct how we pay for the medical care we receive.

Second: it is not a level playing field. Our political class enjoys their healthcare payments on our backs. Large employers deduct the cost of employees healthcare insurance payments from their income - this was allowed by FDR after WW II to avoid wage and economic inflation. The little guy is not allowed to do the same.

Third: we care about the truly poor of our society to the point where everybody wants in on the dole. We fail to find those who really need help and to find those gaming on the system.

Fourth: there is too much government money (your money) on the table and it is grabbed up by the cheats. There is no approach of watching every penny as if it were your own money.

"shortrosen(s)" comment about the The Journal News is so telling of farce we have as journalism here in our great Country.

Gee, I thought my insurance was supposed to be cheaper! Isn't that what Barry and his people told us? Just another LIE from someone who does it very often and very easily. Just chipping away to bring down this "high living" we in America are used to, one issue at a time.

All the right wing trailer trash crowd are blaming the dems & Obama. I have yet to hear their proposals to fix things. Their silence is deafening.

Nature lover and Pocho are the only sane posters here.

All the right wing trailer trash crowd are blaming the dems & Obama. I have yet to hear their proposals to fix things. Their silence is deafening.

Nature lover and Pocho are the only sane posters here.

@DDigler: Is that so? What do you exactly do for a living and who provides you with healthcare?
Wouldn't you be on Medicaid and unemployed, right? Food stamps, maybe?

Also, if you are so capable and quick-judging please give a single example of some program or something that is Government runs and works better than the private sector.

Waiting for your enlightenment...

Please share this article with the Journal News...a few weeks ago they did a puff piece on how great the ACA is and how people living in Westchester are paying lower premiums. Either the Daily Voice or the Journal News lacks credibility. My vote?....the Journal News as it promotes its own political agenda.

It doesn't matter who gets the Democratic nomination in 2016. The Journal News will endorse him or her. There is no free thought in the editorial page. I mean they did endorse Noam Bransom for County Executive, whose big issues were abortion, gay marriage and gun control. Of course these issues that have nothing to do with being County Executive. But Noam was the D.

Dedicated to Nancy with the smiling eyes: “You have to pass the bill (i.e. the ‘ACA’) to know what’s in it.”

How's that "Hope and Change" working out for all of you who voted for the worst president ever. I laugh every time I see one of those number stickers. FOOLS!!!!!

Health care was a disaster before Obama, and remains a disaster. As a private contractor, I have always purchased my own health insurance. It is absolutely preposterous to pay what I pay---almost 600 a month---yet what choice do I have. And I have a high deductible so most of what i pay is out of pocket. We have a BROKEN health care system. Problem is those in power have cushy, taxpayer funded insurance plans so they will never have to actually experience what the average working slobs do. So they are not motivated to do anything. Let these politicians give up their taxpayer funded retirement, insurance, job security etc. and let them buy on the open market like the rest of us. That will change things real fast.

People love to blame Obama, but please explain how things were not as abyssmal before him? Insurance companies are a useless, greedy, immoral scourge.

Easy. HE IS THE ONE WHO PROPOSED THIS OUTRAGEOUS SOLUTION. Two wrongs don't make a right my friend...

you first trash the politicians but then blame all of the healthcare problems on the insurance companies? gee, that is a stretch. the greedy, immoral scourge is our..ahem...leaders in DC and Albany.

And Obama helped them, the insurance companies, when Pelosi, Reid and him rammed this down our throats and then him with his lies, "if you like your plan you can keep your plan," and constant changes to this ACA, joke of a title if you ask me, giving them more ways to screw us. THEY ALL SUCK. I just hope that you didn't vote for this administration. Sleep now in your bed of fire if you did.

But Dear Leader said our rates would go down...and we could keep our doctor, etc. You mean he lied to us?

Another gift from Barry Soetoro

This is click bait, folks. Premiums rose about 20% each year before the ACA took effect. So in reality it's an improvement.

not true...but thanks for passing along more fiction.

Yeah right a real improvement

Go Obama. Not only was I dropped by my employer but my health insurance is now 15% higher and the coverage is inferior to what I had before. This is not universal healthcare... IT IS BOOKKEEPING. An absolute disaster, we have our President to thank!

Isn't he awesome?