Health insurance rate hikes took a bigger bite out of users of U.S. individual and small-group coverage in 2013.
The size of the average implemented small-group rate hike rose to 7.1 percent, from 4.7 percent in 2012. Increases of 10 percent or more affected 18 percent of the enrollees, up from 9.7 percent.
In the individual market, the average increase jumped to 10.3 percent, from 7.1 percent. The percentage of individual coverage holders affected by double-digit increases soared to 41 percent, from 17 percent the year before.
Officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported the 2013 data in a report on rate review program results from the 37 states that provided complete data. HHS published 2012 data for 35 states in a report released a year ago.