States' change in claims cost in health overhaul

Medical claims costs are the main driver of health insurance premiums. A study by the Society of Actuaries estimates the new federal health care law will raise claims costs nationally by an average of 32 percent per person in the individual health insurance market by 2017. That's partly due to sicker people joining the pool. The study finds wide disparities among states. The estimates assume every state will expand its Medicaid program.
STATE Percentage change, per-person, per-month
Alabama 60.3%
Alaska 19.2%
Arizona 22.2%
Arkansas 40.9%
California 61.6%
Colorado 39.1%
Connecticut 28.8%
Delaware 29.3%
Washington, D.C. 51.9%
Florida 26.5%
Georgia 27.6%
Hawaii 21.9%
Idaho 62.2%
Illinois 50.8%
Indiana 67.6%
Iowa 9.7%
Kansas 18.9%
Kentucky 34.1%
Louisiana 28.6%
Maine 4.1%
Maryland 66.6%
Massachusetts -12.8%
Michigan 25.8%
Minnesota 18.9%
Mississippi 43.2%
Missouri 58.8%
Montana 20.1%
Nebraska 30.8%
Nevada 29.2%
New Hampshire 36.8%
New Jersey -1.4%
New Mexico 34.9%
New York -13.9%
North Carolina 13.5%
North Dakota 8.4%
Ohio 80.9%
Oklahoma 29.3%
Oregon 14.3%
Pennsylvania 28.0%
Rhode Island -6.6%
South Carolina 36.8%
South Dakota 29.0%
Tennessee 46.4%
Texas 33.8%
Utah 28.4%
Vermont -12.5%
Virginia 28.4%
Washington 13.7%
West Virginia 35.3%
Wisconsin 80.0%
Wyoming 31.6%
National 31.5%
Source: Society of Actuaries

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