Viewpoints: No Zika Funding; Some Insurers’ Find Success On Marketplaces

The Dallas Morning News:
‘When Your Health Insurance Is Bigger Than The Mortgage, Something’s Wrong’

Health care spending nationwide will hit a new high this year, rising 4.8 percent, the government said this week. For over 1 million Texans who buy insurance on Healthcare.Gov, they can only dream about having it so good. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, which has about half the state’s exchange customers, wants to increase premiums almost 60 percent for 2017. Scott and White Health Plan wants to ratchet up premiums over 30 percent, and Cigna, 24 percent. Aetna and Oscar are planning double-digit increases, too. (Mitchell Schnurman, 7/14)