Health Insurance

For people who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, recent years have seen some massive premium hikes. But now lawmakers in Virginia may be on the verge of stabilizing the marketplace for the individual market.

For decades, healthcare companies have been trying to bring costs down or, at least, to keep them from rising so much. 

Now, this area’s largest commercial insurer says it’s succeeded beyond expectation.

Thousands of Virginians are hoping next year will bring better rates for health insurance. They’ll get a preview this spring when companies begin filing their plans with the State Bureau of Insurance.  Last year saw a shocking increase in premiums for customers who bought policies through the Affordable Care Act and made too much money to qualify for federal subsidies. 

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Ronald is nine, and he says he speaks four languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese and Puerto Rican. His mother, who is from Puerto Rico but is now American, laughs at that last one.  

But two years ago, laughter was scarce in this household. Ronald faced serious challenges, he had suicidal thoughts.

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Thousands of children and pregnant women may be on the verge of losing their health insurance if Congress does not take action. And, as Michael Pope reports, state officials are hoping that happens soon.