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Pa. realtors deal with big increases on ACA exchange

York County real estate agent Kim Moyer has watched his premium jump ... The 2018 increase comes after President Donald Trump cut federal subsidies, but Pennsylvania Association of Realtors President Kathy McQuilkin says the price jumps started under ...

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Pinterest Link to Pinterest Google Plus Link to Google Plus Twitter Link to Twitter Instagram Link to Instagram News| Arts & Life| Education| Watch| Listen| Events| Support| About| witf News Parealtors deal with big increases on ACA exchange News Parealtors deal with big increases on ACA exchange Written by Brett Sholtis/Transforming Health | Jan 2, 2018 4:31 AM FILE PHOTO: A "Sale Pending" sign is posted in front of a home for sale(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) (Harrisburg) -- Fourteen percent of Realtors relied on the Affordable Care Act exchange for health insurance in 2016. As independent contractors, they're one group that has been slammed by rate increase. York County real estate agent Kim Moyer  has watched his premium jump by more than 50 percent almost every year since he signed up for the exchange in 2014. One year, it increased almost $600 -- enough money, he points out, for a second mortgage. Now he's paying more than $1,700 a month for him and his wife. "It's an incredible amount of money to throw out every month that is bad insurance, really just catastrophic insurance, that I could be putting back into the economy -- rather than the insurance companies' pockets," he says. The 2018 increase comes after President Donald Trump cut federal subsidies, but Pennsylvania Association of Realtors President Kathy McQuilkin says the price jumps started under President Obama. She says the trend has led realtors' groups to push for a new system. "We support legislation to create a federal framework that would allow for bona fide trade organizations such as ourselves to have association health plans," she says. She also notes with a median salary of about $42,000, many realtors won't qualify for low-income ACA subsidies.     Published in News Tagged under aca, affordable care act, health insurance, healthcare, insurance, kathy mcquilkin, kim moyer, pennsylvania association of realtors, subsidies, transforming health You may also be interested in...Pennsylvania's insurance signups dip slightly at nearly 400KDec 21, 2017 | The Associated Press + Read More...CHIP Renewal / Heating assistance renewalDec 18, 2017 | Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk + Read More...What does the Penn State Health-Highmark Health partnership mean for consumers?Dec 18, 2017 | Brett Sholtis + Read More... back to top /** * RECOMMENDED CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT AND UNCOMMENT THE SECTION BELOW TO INSERT DYNAMIC VALUES FROM YOUR PLATFORM OR CMS. * LEARN WHY DEFINING THESE VARIABLES IS IMPORTANT: */ /* var disqus_config = function () { = PAGE_URL; // Replace PAGE_URL with your page's canonical URL variable = PAGE_IDENTIFIER; // Replace PAGE_IDENTIFIER with your page's unique identifier variable }; */ (function() { // DON'T EDIT BELOW THIS LINE var d = document, s = d.createElement('script'); s.src = '//'; s.setAttribute('data-timestamp', +new Date()); (d.head || d.body).appendChild(s); })(); Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. Support for WITF is provided by: GA_googleFillSlot("ITF_NEWS_MEDRECT_300x250"); Become a WITF sponsor today » News menu Regional & State News Smart Talk Smart Talk Podcasts StateImpact Pennsylvania State House Sound Bites PA Insurance Marketplace Bullying Elections Special Features Beyond the Bio Health Smart Watch Health Smart Online Keystone Crossroads Major Dick Winters Makers RLRI Drugs & Young People Transforming Health PBS NewsHour live stream Weather Delays and Closings Submit a Delay or Closing Stay Connected to witf WITF Staff Bios Cary Burkett Marie Cusick Scott LaMar Tim Lambert Keira McGuire Katie Meyer Emily Previti Brett Sholtis Joe Ulrich Fred Vigeant new StoryWidget({ el: '#content-widget', theme: 'light', state: 'Pennsylvania', count: 3, excerpts: true }); Tweets by @witfnews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Latest News from NPR Support for WITF is provided by: GA_googleFillSlot("ITF_LIFE_MEDRECT_300x250"); Become a WITF sponsor today » $(document).ready(function(){ // hide #back-top first $("#back-top").hide(); // fade in #back-top $(function () { $(window).scroll(function () { if ($(this).scrollTop() > 100) { $('#back-top').fadeIn(); } else { $('#back-top').fadeOut(); } }); // scroll body to 0px on click $('#back-top a').click(function () { $('body,html').animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 800); return false; }); }); }); Discover News On Air Education Community Watch Listen Support witf About /* */

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