For Immediate Release: May 24, 2017
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-2) released the following statement after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City announced that it is leaving the Obamacare exchange, leaving approximately thirty thousand Missourians without health insurance.
“This announcement means thirty thousand Missourians will lose their health insurance next year and 25 counties will have no health insurance option. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report showing that, because of Obamacare, monthly insurance premiums for Missouri families have skyrocketed 145% since 2013. Obamacare has failed Missouri families, and politicians who continue to defend this broken system are ignoring the needs of Missouri families.”
Wagner continued, “Washington created this nightmare and the solution is not more government health insurance from Washington, DC. The answer is to make the American Health Care Act law and give Missouri families the freedom and control over their own healthcare decisions and needs, not Washington bureaucrats.”
Next year there will be 25 counties in Missouri with no health insurance option. In addition, 77 out of Missouri’s 114 counties will have only one insurer option next year. The Department of Health and Human Services report shows that because of Obamacare, all 39 states using healthcare.gov saw an increase in individual market premiums. Specifically, Missourians saw their monthly insurance premiums skyrocket by 145%. Since 2013 average monthly premiums rose from $197 to $483 today, an annual cost of over $3,400 for Missourians.
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