National health care overhaul apt to push up costs; Mass. may end up violating own limits, but impact will vary widely

Boston, JuLy 17, 2013 — Rule changes stemming from the national health care law are likely to drive up average insurance premiums for small businesses and individuals next year, according to a study funded by the insurance industry.

The analysis, by Wakely Consulting Group, projects President Obama’s health care law —supported by the Patrick administration — will tack an average of 3.7 percent on to premiums.

That would be on top of typical base rate increases, driven by hospital and doctor’ fees and demand for medical care, which have ranged from 2 to 4 percent in recent years.

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