Ohio’s Obamacare plans will increase rates by an average 6.3 percent for the 2019 coverage year, reflecting a pattern of modest state rate hikes.
The state also said that the number of insurers offering plans in 2019 increased from eight this year to 10, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Ohio’s rate increases are also smaller than they were for 2018, when insurers raised rates by 21 percent.
States announcing modest rate hikes for 2019 is a departure from massive rate hikes that most states made for the 2018 coverage year.
Last week, Colorado raised prices by an average 5.6 percent for 2019, and Nevada raised their rates by 0.3 percent.
Some experts say that the reason for the lower price hikes this year is that insurers raised prices too high in 2018 and are now compensating.
Obamacare allies charge that the rates would be even lower if it weren’t for the repeal of the individual mandate penalty starting in 2019. They also charge that new regulations by the Trump administration to expand access to cheaper plans that have fewer benefits than Obamacare plans have hurt markets.
“For the past year and a half, President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress have engaged in a deliberate, aggressive campaign to undermine health care, and families in Ohio are once again forced to pay the price,” said the Obamcare advocacy group Protect Our Care in a statement.