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Michigan Consumers To Wait Longer To Learn Cost Of Health Coverage

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Michigan residents are waiting to learn how much they will have to pay for healthcare next year.

Uncertainty in Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act is leaving many Michigan consumers in the dark on how much they will paying for health coverage next year.

President Trump is threatening to withhold payments to insurance companies that help make coverage affordable for people who buy their own health insurance. More than 300 thousand people in Michigan buy their coverage on exchanges set up under Obamacare.

Andrea Miller of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services says now insurance companies can’t set their rates and submit them to the states for approval.    

“So we’re hoping that we can get through this uncertainty," says Miller.

Miller says now it will be September at the earliest before consumers will know what their coverage will cost next year. Insurance companies could also opt out of selling on the exchange.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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