Three providers offer insurance in the state – Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medica.
Bruce Ramge, Nebraska Department of Insurance director, says the average increases range from 30 to 39 percent.
“The increases vary by plan and geographic location with some reaching as high as 43, 49 percent, and others lower, around 14 to 23 percent,” Ramge tells Nebraska Radio Network.
He says the increases are due to insurance companies having a better idea of costs after a few years of customers filing medical claims.
He advises Nebraskans who buy insurance through the federal marketplace to look at different providers and levels of coverage.
“My advice is to carefully compare,” Ramge says. “There are a number of factors to look at besides price and one is network. Other things to look at are the level of coinsurance and copays, and benefits level, so just do some really good comparison shopping.”
While the increases may seem steep, Ramge says financial help is available for some consumers.
“Many of the participants who purchase on the federal marketplace obtain subsidies. The effect of the subsidy will temper the increase.”
You can see some examples of increases in Nebraska HERE.