Study: Kan. could see rise in health claims costs

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — A new national study says Kansas could see an increase of nearly 19 percent by 2017 in medical claims costs for individual insurance policies under the federal health care overhaul.

That’s better than the nationwide figure of nearly 32 percent forecast by the Society of Actuaries study.

Kansas legislators from both parties said Wednesday they’re not surprised some costs could rise under the 2010 federal health care law championed by President Barack Obama.

Medical claims costs are a major driver of health insurance premiums.

The study assumes all states expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law. Kansas hasn’t made a decision on that issue, but many Republican legislators oppose an expansion. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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