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April 19, 2013

Further local impacts of Obamacare

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“Rates have continued to go up and the City absorbs the cost increase,” Mrstik added.

“In 2014 we are looking at a 2-3 percent increase in health insurance cost before we even get any quotes on the actual cost of insurance,” Stewart said. “If the City were to participate in an Exchange (State/Federal) we wouldn’t be subject to these fees.”

Knoxville insures 117. Stewart said good management of the policy, and efficient use of the coverage by employees, led to no increase in health insurance this year when the policy was renewed.

“Right now the only increases for the future are the Federal health care implemented fees,” Stewart said. “It is likely that when the policy is renewed next year there may be an increase in coverage based on claims history.”

“We really aren’t sure what the final rules regarding the Affordable Health Care Act, or when they will take effect,” Flack said. “All rules have not been determined so there is some thought that the effective dates could be delayed. We won’t know if there are additional fees, or when they will be enforced, until all rules have been written.”

The incomplete rules are not only impacting government entities. Private sector businesses have been, and will continue to evaluate what impact the legislation will have on them.

“Pella Corporation is awaiting the essential information from the government about Affordable Care Act specifics, so we can continue to review the impact that new regulations associated it will likely have, and how that will impact those covered on our plan,” Kathy Krafka-Harkema with Pella Corporation said.

“I’m sure we’ll be reviewing many impacts resulting from evolving healthcare legislation over the coming year,” Teri Vos with Vermeer reported. She said answers are not available at this time.

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