ATLANTA (AP) — Medical health insurance prices will keep the identical for Georgia public college academics and state staff subsequent 12 months.

The state Division of Neighborhood Well being authorized 2022 charges on Thursday for the 650,000 folks insured by the State Well being Profit Plan, The Atlanta Journal-Structure reported.

The division’s board voted final summer season to lift premiums this 12 months by a median of 5% for these lined by the plan.

Deductibles and co-pays may also stay the identical, as will the suppliers providing protection.

Louis Amis, govt director of the State Well being Profit Plan, advised the board that the COVID-19 pandemic decreased use of medical providers within the first half of 2020, reducing medical prices

Amis mentioned there has since been a rise in expenditures for folks going to the physician and receiving different remedy, nevertheless it’s unclear whether or not that may sluggish with the delta variant of COVID-19 driving extra circumstances.

“Nobody is aware of what impression the delta variant goes to have on the plan,” he mentioned.

The plan is funded by a mix of cash paid by the state and native college districts that in the end comes from tax cash and premiums paid by staff.

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