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Sharp Spike in Health Care Costs for Hoosiers

A report from Families USA, a national organization for health care consumers, reveals that approximately one point four million people in Indiana families are spending more than ten percent of their pre-tax income on health care costs. The report also shows a 47 percent increase since the year 2000 in the number of Hoosiers who are paying a quarter of their pre-tax income on health care. Ron Pollack is the executive director of Families USA.

“As our findings make clear, high health care costs are not just a problem of the uninsured. More and more families with health insurance are affected by rising health care costs, and for many, the burden of these costs in becoming too great to bear.”

There is no specific bill on health care reform before Congress, but Pollack says bills are expected in both the U.S. Senate and House before Memorial Day. Pollack says while those bills are far from finalized, they will likely target rising costs, getting more people insured, and insurance reform, to crack down on current policies that deny health care benefits to people for things like pre-existing conditions. Committees are expected to vote on a health care reform bill in June, with floor votes coming as soon as July.

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