DC officials dispute study on health overhaul


WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia officials say a study that shows medical claims costs will increase in the city under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is using flawed data.

The study from the Society of Actuaries found that claims costs will jump an average of 32 percent for individual policyholders. In the district, the study says the increase will be even higher, at nearly 52 percent.

The study says 12.3 percent of district residents are uninsured. But city officials say just 42,000 residents are uninsured, or 6.2 percent, which is one of the lowest rates in the nation.

Mila Kofman is executive director of the D.C. Health Benefits Exchange Authority. She says because of the flawed data, the study doesn't draw any meaningful conclusions about the city.

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