September 6, 2013
NOW MAKE THEM ADD THE HSA:
Obamacare Insurance Costs Affordable, Kaiser Survey Finds (Alex Wayne, Sep 5, 2013, Bloomberg)
A 25-year-old New Yorker earning $25,000 a year will pay as little as $62 a month for health insurance next year, and a peer living in Vermont may pay nothing, according to a 17-state survey of premiums under the U.S. health-care overhaul. [...]"There's obviously intense interest in what the choices are going to look like for consumers and what they're going to have to pay in 2014," Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at Menlo Park, California-based Kaiser, said in a phone interview. "For the most part insurers seem to find this market attractive and they're pricing accordingly." [...]Rand Corp. researchers, looking at 10 states, said in an Aug. 29 report that predictions of sharp increases in premiums were overstated. "Our analysis found no widespread trend toward sharply higher prices in the individual market," Christine Eibner, a Rand senior economist, said in a statement with the report. [...]"What has surprised me is how inexpensive some of these bronze plans will be," Levitt said. "They'll come with high deductibles and significant out-of-pocket costs for consumers, but for those who are looking for catastrophic protection there will be some inexpensive options out there, particularly if you're eligible for a tax credit."
Posted by Orrin Judd at September 6, 2013 2:06 PM