Health Insurance premiums have risen dramatically over the past decade. In the past, insurers would price your health insurance based on any number of factors, but after the Affordable Care Act, the number of variables that impact your health insurance costs have been reduced dramatically. We conducted a study to look at how health insurance premiums vary based on these characteristics. In our data we illustrate these differences by using an example 21 year old. Older consumers will see higher rates with 30 year olds paying 1.135 times more, 40 year olds paying 1.3 times more, 50 year olds paying 1.786x and 64 year olds paying 3 times the cost listed.
Average Cost Of Health Insurance
One of the primary factors in your health insurance costs depends on where you live. In this first table we look at health insurance premiums and how they differ based upon the state you reside in.
Monthly and Annual Health Insurance Rates by State (Age 21)
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Average Health Insurance Premiums By Metal Tier
Health Insurance plans are separated into different metal tiers based on the proportion of health care costs the insurance plan is expected to cover. Bronze plans cover the smallest proportion, having the highest deductibles, copays and coinsurance. On the other end of the spectrum, Platinum plans offer the greatest amount coverage expected to cover 90% of all costs. The average rates paid for insurance plans are inversely related to the amount of coverage they provide, with platinum plans being the most expensive and bronze / catastrophic plans being the cheapest. The following table shows the average rates a 21 year old would pay for insurance based on plans in the different tiers. Older consumers would see their plans increase according to the age scale set by the federal guidelines.
Monthly and Annual Health Insurance Rates by Metal Tier (Age 21)
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Average Rates By Plan Type
Another distinction between plans that can change the rates you pay, is the type of network the plan uses. Depending on whether the plan is a PPO, HMO, EPO or POS plan, consumers will have access to the health care providers managed in different ways. HMOs tend to be the most restrictive about which doctors you can see and what you must do to see them. This usually means that the insurers save on your cost of care and thereby provide lower premiums.
Monthly and Annual Health Insurance Rates by Plan Type (Age 21)
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