HHS Regional Director Touts Slowing Health Costs
Region 9's director, Melissa Stafford Jones, said Covered California's cost increases this year were far less than for plans in the years before the Affordable Care Act, which often saw double-digit percentage increases in insurance premiums.
Health Care Costs Rising More Slowly, Says Federal Official In Loma Linda
The rate of health care cost increases in the U.S. during 2015 were the smallest in 50 years, Melissa Stafford Jones, Region 9 director the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said here Wednesday. Last year, for example, the insurance marketplace created by Covered California, the state-run health insurance exchange authorized by the Affordable Care Act, saw its costs rise 4.1 percent, far less than the double-digit growth experienced in many years prior to the passage of the ACA, Jones said. (Steinberg, 2/25)