Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Health insurance premiums show 'moderate' growth

Health premiums increased by a "moderate" increase 4 percent in 2013, according to this year's Employer Health Benefits Survey released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust.

Drew Altman, President and CEO of the Kaiser foundation, said the country has been seeing moderate premium increases in health insurance in recent years, especially compared to the years of "startling double-digit increases."

But he said "you can't blame the public" for having a sense that premiums are going up faster than usual because, over time, what people are paying for health care "has so significantly eclipsed the increase in their wages and inflation."

The survey looks backward, not forward, and Altman didn't make a prediction for the future. But he added that people who want to blame Obamacare for "big premium increases" will have a harder time because "there aren’t any big premium increases" this year.

For another view about the slowdown in healthcare spending, Altman referred to an article by Gail Wilensky in the May 31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.



9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mine went from 775/month to 925/month. That is more than 4 percent. That is for me alone.

Anonymous said...

How about this, mine went you 11%... They segmented all the people in the company. So if you make less than 50k a year, you saw a 9% DECREASE in your premimums.

If you make more than 100k, then you were blessed with an 11% increase.

even more if you make 250k.

It is not based on how much you consume, but how much you can afford to pay.

If that isnt down right wrong to hit me with an additonal fee because i can "Afford it"

Wanna a Benefit?

Anonymous said...

This report seems downright politically-motivated if you ask me. Mine went from $160/month to $240/month on exactly the same plan. This 'report' smells like BS.

eemtr92 said...

What a load of garbage...completely untrue

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