The national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which represents 36 of the plans covering 105 million people, released a study stating the following:

1) Newly enrolled members in individual health plans have higher rates of many major or potentially expensive diseases (e.g. hypertension, diabetes, depression and others)

2) Newly enrolled members received significantly more medical care in 2014 and 2015 on average than those who had been on the Blues plans prior to 2014

3) New enrollees used more medical services across all sites of care

4) Medical costs of care for the new individual market members were on average 19% higher than employer based group members in 2014 and 22% higher than in 2015

They won’t be singing the Blues of course – they will simply raise their rates