The new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) commercial health insurance pricing rules could help healthy women in their 40s and healthy men in their 60s cut their health insurance costs by about 20 percent.
To compensate for those reductions, insurers would have to increase rates for women ages 20 to 24 about 20 percent and for men ages 20 to 39 by about 50 percent to 60 percent.
Actuaries at Milliman have published those estimates in an analysis of how major PPACA provisions could affect consumers’ premiums.
In one section of the analysis, the actuaries looked at the effects of a provision that will require health insurers in the individual and small-group markets to charge men and women the same rates, and another provision that will limit insurers in those markets to charging the oldest insureds only three times as much as they charge the youngest adult insureds.
The rules are supposed to take effect in plan years starting on or after Jan. 1, 2014.