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piggy bank with IV line Under the worst-case scenario, millennial health care costs could climb 33 percent compared with the prior generation. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) –More millennials in the U.S. are suffering from chronic health problems, potentially restraining the lifetime economic potential of a generation of young adults. A spike in conditions like depression, hypertension and high cholesterol among younger people could increase health-care costs and lower incomes in coming years, according to a report Wednesday from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, a federation of 36 independent companies that together provide coverage for 1 in 3 Americans.

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