Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced today an average 24.3% increase in premiums for 2017, compared to this year’s rates. (Click here to read their blog.)
It’s important to remember that the amount of premium tax credit the majority of Marketplace enrollees receive increases each year as premiums do. Consumers who qualify for premium tax credits are largely shielded from premium increases. This year, 91% of North Carolinians who used the Marketplace to purchase insurance got premium tax credits to help with the cost of premiums.
All consumers should be encouraged to explore their options starting November 1. Consumers can make an appointment with a local in-person assister by calling 855-733-3711 or logging on to gcaconnector.org.
We look forward to working together with you through Open Enrollment 4 to assure that North Carolinians have continued and expanded access to affordable health care.
NC Get Covered staff – Deborah & Willona