ACA health care premiums rising for 2017

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – President Barack Obama’s administration has confirmed premiums under his health care law will rise sharply next year.

Who will be impacted the most? It’s what’s called the single-payer; those who have to buy their own insurance. According to the administration, rates are going up an average of 22 percent in 2017.

The administration said more than 70 percent of customers will still be able to purchase a plan for $75 a month.

A young Mechanicsburg couple with their own businesses and two young children is frustrated.

“I couldn’t imagine just paying $75 a month,” Stephanie Shirley said. “It would be a dream, but instead I’m paying close to $300 a month for a single person for a plan that’s been canceled, so I can’t even imagine what I’m going to be paying come 2017.”

Rosemary Browne, CEO of Alder Health Services in Harrisburg, has good things to say about the Affordable Care Act. She said the system isn’t perfect, but it has helped serve a lot of people from underserved communities.

To find our what your premium will be, go to Healthcare.gov. Opens enrollment for 2017 begins Nov. 1.

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