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Published November 04, 2009, 12:00 AM

Blues Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota president says reform would boost costs

BISMARCK – The president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota says health care reform measures in Congress would accelerate increases in insurance costs.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

BISMARCK – The president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota says health care reform measures in Congress would accelerate increases in insurance costs.

Paul von Ebers told the Legislature’s interim Industry, Business and Labor Committee that the proposals require companies to offer more benefits than North Dakota customers usually buy.

He says premiums for small insurance groups would go up as much as

70 percent over five years. For the youngest insurance buyers, von Ebers says costs could double.

The federal health legislation requires everyone to have health insurance coverage. But von Ebers says the penalties for not carrying health insurance are relatively small.

He predicts people will buy coverage when they’re ill and drop it when they’re healthy. He says that would drive up insurance costs.


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