NEW YORK (AP) — The new federal health care law may end up hiking insurance premiums for more than 10 million small business employees, while lowering rates for six million others, according to a report Monday.
That's an estimate from a report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The report said higher rates are partly due to the law's requirement that premiums can no longer be based on a person's age. That has sent premiums higher for younger workers, and lower for older ones.
The estimate is far from certain, partly because many small businesses renewed their policies in 2013.
Renewing before the end of the year allowed them to avoid higher premiums that went into effect Jan. 1, when coverage was required to conform to the law.
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