Will higher health insurance rates keep insurers in the exchanges?

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Regulators across the country are allowing insurance companies to make health plans more expensive. State regulators across the nation have been steadily giving the nod to increased health insurance rates. In fact, many have made it possible for those insurers to raise premiums more than the companies had requested. This may appear to be in opposition to the goal of keeping rates as low as possible for consumers. However, a data analysis conducted by USA TODAY suggested a different purpose for these decisions. The national newspaper indicated that the regulators…

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Health insurance cost is leading concern for consumers

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Choice is not as high up on the importance list when it comes to health plan shoppers. A federal analysis revealed the top concern as health insurance cost among consumers shopping for coverage. Millions of people purchase their health plans on the insurance exchanges in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Their top goal when buying health insurance is to be able to save money on the plan they purchase. Several different factors were taken into consideration when examining the issues that mean the most to consumers. Health…

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Private health insurance out of pocket costs spike sharply

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Even with coverage, patients visiting hospitals have found that the expenses they pay themselves are up 37 percent. The results of a recent study are adding even more evidence that private health insurance coverage isn’t stopping rising expenses. The research pointed specifically to high-deductible plans that are a top choice among employers. These keep premiums low but can lead to higher out of pocket expenses. Though this keeps the initial health plan costs down, it can add up at times when claims are made. Researchers from the University of Michigan…

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Health insurance rate increases may be on their way to Illinois

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That said, there is no way for consumers to know for sure until the information is released on August 1. Residents of Illinois are going to have to wait a while before they will know if health insurance rate increases are coming. The information about the proposed premiums changes under the Affordable Care Act for next year isn’t available until August 1. It is at that time that the health exchange plan premiums information will be made public within the state. To many in Illinois, having to wait until August…

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Alabama health insurance rates under scrutiny for first time since ACA

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The state has not undergone this process since it first implemented the Affordable Care Act. Alabama health insurance companies will face a new wave of scrutiny from state regulators when they seek to increase the rates they charge in 2017. This is the first time they will have undergone scrutiny for rate changes since the insurance exchange launched there in 2013. Obamacare’s regulations were meant to encourage states to implement insurance rate reviewing systems. The purpose of the reviews is to provide states with a means by which to consider…

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Michigan health insurance premiums are getting cheaper

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While rates have been on the rise across the country, residents of this state are staying affordable. According to the results of a recent study, Michigan health insurance rates are actually going to experience a small decrease in 2017, despite the fact that many other states across the country are watching their premiums grow increasingly expensive. This year has been relatively volatile in the ACA’s insurance exchanges, but that is not the case in Michigan. The Michigan health insurance premiums are not only remaining below the national average, but they…

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Health insurance deductibles in Alabama will soon be higher

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Consumers have expressed concern over their ability to afford to use the coverage they’ve purchased. Residents of Alabama have been voicing frustrations over an upcoming increase to the deductibles they pay out of their own pockets for health insurance they’ve purchased under the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. They have stated that the combination of higher premiums and deductibles are making coverage less affordable. The premiums being paid for health insurance in Alabama increased by an average of 28.3 percent over the last year. This was tough on many…

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Consumers with health insurance are still avoiding medical care

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Survey finds that consumers are turning to emergency rooms in order to avoid high health care costs Health insurance premiums are on the rise in the United States and many consumers are beginning to avoid medical care as a result. A new survey from the American College of Emergency Physicians has found that patients are avoiding medical services because of high health care costs. As a result, more of these people are ending up in the emergency room because they are ignoring serious conditions that may be putting their lives…

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Health insurance premiums are a main issue for consumers

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A recent study has shown that Americans pay most attention to price when they shop for plans. Americans have made bargain shopping into an art form, and this habit has crossed over into the effort to purchase health insurance, as the cost of premiums are among the top factors that consumers consider when they buy, according to a new survey. Two thirds of consumers who switched plans on the insurance exchange said price was the deciding factor. Over half of all consumers who shopped around on the exchanges but didn’t…

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Health insurance deductibles have risen sharply since 2010

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Survey finds that deductibles for employer-sponsored coverage have grown aggressively A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust has found that health insurance deductibles have risen dramatically since 2010. These deductible increases have primarily affected those with employer-sponsored coverage. Many employers have been facing greater financial strain in providing their workers with insurance coverage, especially as insurers make their plans more expensive. As a result, consumers have been facing higher out-of-pocket costs for their coverage even as premiums have continued to grow. Workers…

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