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Obamacare costs soar in California

Published Tuesday July 19

For 2017, rates for Anthem’s exclusive provider plan, which has a 64 percent market share of Covered CA enrollees in Santa Cruz County, will go up 26 percent to 36 percent, more than its competitors. Increased use of medical services and costs of drugs and medical therapies put upward pressure on rates, Anthem spokesman Darrel Ng said.

Blue Shield commented its increase was due to members using more services than expected.

Blue Shield’s preferred provider plan has a 32 percent market share and World Net’s exclusive provider plan four percent.

Still, Northern Cali. residents should brace themselves:

Article length: About 810 words.
Tags: Santa Cruz
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