Consumers to see premium spikes under health law

The 2017 web site home page as seen in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. The Obama administration is confirming that premiums will go up sharply next year for health insurance sold to millions of consumers through (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – An analysis for The Associated Press shows Kansas consumers next year will see their premiums soar by 46 percent in health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama’s overhaul.

That exceeds what the Obama administration says will be an average 25 percent jump in premiums for a benchmark plan across the 39 states served by the federally run online market.

But the analysis by Avalere Health and the AP also shows Kansas still will have two participating insurers in all 105 of its counties, as it had when the Affordable Care Act was rolled out in 2014.

Nationwide, about one-third of U.S. counties will have one health marketplace insurer in 2017 – double the number of counties with a single insurer in 2014.

Sign-up starts next Tuesday.