health insurance exchange rates which he characterized has representing "massive rate hikes".
Wednesday was the deadline. Because he didn’t get a response in his request for more time, Hudgens said, he was left “with no viable option’’ but to approve the premiums submitted by health insurers.
Georgia was the only state that asked for a 30-day extension to continue to analyze the rate increases. Hudgens said he wanted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to review the Georgia premiums as well.
“Although not surprised, I am disappointed in the unresponsiveness of the Obama administration,’’ Hudgens said in a statement. “Obamacare will inflict substantially higher health insurance costs on Georgia consumers.’’
Cindy Zeldin of the group Georgians for a Healthy Future told GHN on Thursday that the current insurance rates in the state don’t reflect coverage for unhealthy people, who are now denied insurance or are given prices that are unaffordable.
Those currently insured on the individual market, she said, “are the only ones the insurance companies want to cover.’’
The exchange rates also don’t reflect the subsidies that many people will receive so they can afford coverage, Zeldin said. The subsidies could be as high as thousands of dollars annually for some individuals, she added.