A crisis of medical care in Missouri would mean higher premium costs for people in the state, according to a report from Axios.
The report, based on a new analysis of federal data, found that a three-week wait for coverage for an insurance plan that includes maternity care and mental health coverage would increase premiums by $1,500.
Those premiums would rise by $3,200 if an individual with pre or post-existing health conditions is covered, according the report.
While some insurers in the health insurance marketplaces are offering plans with maternity coverage, other insurers have not.
Those insurers are providing coverage in a narrow set of health plans, which include coverage for pre-natal care and emergency services.
The new report said the higher premiums could come as a result of the growing number of people who get sick.
While the number of Americans with pre and post-traumatic stress disorder has been increasing, it is more likely to be related to the ongoing opioid epidemic, the report said.
The state’s population has been shrinking for several years.
The number of Missourians under age 65 has dropped by about 1.8 million in the last 10 years.
The population of people ages 65 and older in Missouri dropped by more than 3.1 million between 2012 and 2016, the new report found.
The state’s overall population also decreased by about 590,000.