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(Neb)-NU Provides Help With Sharp Health Ins Hike

By: John Axtell Posted at: 06/10/2019 11:17 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -  Health insurance costs are surging for students and staff enrolled in plans offered by the University of Nebraska, but the school is providing some help - at least for one year.

      More than 5,000 people - mostly faculty and international or graduate students - face a nearly 20% hike to their premiums next year, but the university will cover a 234% increase in the out-of-pocket maximums. Individual plans offered by United Healthcare are rising nearly $500 to $3,067 while family plans are going up $1.600 to $8,958. for the year.
 
     Those in individual plans would have paid $7,350 out of pocket to in-network providers before insurance covered 100% of the costs while the maximum for a family would have jumped to $14,700. Now those limits will stay at $2,200 for individual plans and $4,400 for family plans.
     
     Students expressed alarm after they received word from the university system last week about the premium hikes and other health policy changes, complaining they were blindsided, while a university spokeswoman says health care costs are skyrocketing across the country. Premiums for the Nebraska plans rose 10% last year.


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