Young consumers weigh the cost of health insurance and federal penalties

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Young adults are not convinced that insurance coverage is a viable financial option Young adults in the United States have faced a difficult decision during the latest open enrollment period. As open enrollment comes to an end, young and health consumers have had to decide whether or not to purchase health insurance coverage or face a federal fine and which of the two may end up being more expensive. Notably, the fine for those without insurance has gone up in 2016, which may have influenced many young people’s decision to…

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Growth of health insurance in the US stalled in 2015

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Efforts to reduce the country’s uninsured population began to slow significantly in 2015 Health insurance has expanded in the United States, with the Obama Administration noting that some 11.3 million people have enrolled for coverage through exchanges throughout the country. Efforts to reduce the country’s uninsured population may not be going smoothly, however. The recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that reducing the uninsured rate among adults stalled in 2015. This has raised concerns that the Affordable Care Act may not be having the impact that President Barack Obama had intended.…

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Penalties for those without health insurance are on the rise

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Federal fines will be placing more pressure on uninsured consumers next year Health insurance premiums for those seeking coverage through exchanges in the United States are growing next year. For many consumers, higher costs may discourage them from actually keeping their coverage due to financial pressure. If they go without coverage, however, they will face penalties from the federal government. Next year, those penalties will be more costly, as they are designed to serve as an incentive to encourage consumers to purchase health insurance coverage. Report shows that the average…

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Health insurance premiums for HealthCare.gov policies are set to rise

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Insurance premiums for HealthCare.gov policies to rise by an average of 15% next year Those with health insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov are likely to see higher premiums next year unless they switch policies, according to a report from Kaiser Family Foundation. Consumers with insurance coverage through the federal exchange marketplace have been encouraged to shop around for new policies, as this would allow them to save some money. On average, Kaiser predicts that those not shopping around for different policies will see an increase in their premiums of approximately 15%.…

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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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Health insurance premiums continue to grow in the US

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Insurers are looking to raise rates on coverage being offered in 2016 Many of the country’s largest health insurance companies are looking to raise rates for the coverage they will provide in 2016. These insurers are seeking rate increases on policies provided through health insurance exchanges, and in some cases rates could go up by more than 40%. Blue Cross and Blue Shield is one of the insurers looking to raise premiums. For those living in Minnesota, coverage provided by the insurer could become significantly more expensive. Blue Cross and…

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New York sees increase in health insurance exchange enrollment

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State has made progress in making its exchange more popular among consumers New York ranked fourth in the U.S. in terms of enrollment in health insurance exchanges, according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The state has made significant strides in raising awareness about its exchange and the services that it offers, which lead to more people enrolling in the exchange throughout the state. Several other states have seen an increase in enrollment as well, due to the marketing efforts that they have made to improve awareness among…

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