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Apr 09, 2015, 09:30 ET

HealthPocket Study: Quality Inconsistent Across Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Plans

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- Many seniors assume Blue Cross Blue Shield is a single company when in fact the...

Mar 19, 2015, 08:30 ET

Study: In Poorest Counties, Medicare Advantage Premiums Lower but Drug Deductibles Are Higher

Given recently published research indicating a higher incidence of low-income enrollees in Medicare Advantage plans than in traditional Medicare...

Feb 26, 2015, 08:30 ET

Study: Medicaid Acceptance by Healthcare Providers Drops in 2015

Given the size of the Medicaid program and its importance to America's low-income population, HealthPocket examined government records on Medicaid...

Feb 16, 2015, 09:00 ET

Obamacare Enrollment Period Front-Loaded with Waning Interest in Second Half

HealthPocket's examination of a collection of internal and industry metrics associated with the Affordable Care Act found that consumer shopping...

Jan 20, 2015, 09:30 ET

Study: Best & Worst States for Insurance if Obamacare Subsidies Are Lost

 Subsidies on Healthcare.gov, the federal exchange, reduce premiums by 76% for average and subsidies are available to 87% of recent enrollees....

Nov 20, 2014, 09:30 ET

Study: 2015 Obamacare Deductibles Average from $5,181 to $243 Depending on Plan Type

With the second enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begun, HealthPocket examined deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for the...

Nov 18, 2014, 09:00 ET

Early Gov Data on 2015 Obamacare Premiums Shows Encouraging Trends But Data Incomplete

 When examining average premiums for individually-purchased health insurance, early data released by the government evidenced stable rates...

Nov 13, 2014, 09:00 ET

Medicare Part D Study: Overemphasizing Deductible in Plan Selection Can Lead to Higher Annual Costs

SUNNYVALE, Ca., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HealthPocket examined 2015 Medicare Part D drug plans and found that deductibles...

Oct 30, 2014, 09:00 ET

Poll: Majority of Americans See Political Motive Behind Delay of Obamacare Enrollment Till After Elections

Originally, the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period for the 2015 plan year was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. ...

Oct 29, 2014, 09:00 ET

Study: Women & Men, Young & Old Average Higher Premiums with Obamacare

HealthPocket examined the average health insurance premiums in the first year of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and compared them to the averages...

Oct 13, 2014, 09:30 ET

Study: 2015 Medicare Drug Plans Cover Fewer Drugs & Have More Restrictions

HealthPocket analyzed government data on 2015 Medicare drug plans and found that the average number of covered drugs has decreased as compared to...

Sep 19, 2014, 10:42 ET

$0 Premium Medicare Advantage Plans Decrease 19% for 2015

 HealthPocket analyzed today's release of 2015 Medicare insurance data from the government. The average premium across all Medicare Advantage...

Sep 16, 2014, 09:30 ET

Dental Insurance Premiums Highest in Alaska, Lowest in West Virginia

 With more insurers selling dental insurance through government exchanges, HealthPocket examined premiums and out-of-pocket costs to determine...

Aug 26, 2014, 09:30 ET

2015 Platinum Plans Are Best Buy for Consumers Using Expensive Specialty Drugs

Using publicly released 2015 rate filings in 9 states, HealthPocket analyzed health plan costs for five common specialty drugs. Specialty drugs have...

Aug 07, 2014, 08:50 ET

HealthPocket: Over 15% of Medicare Advantage Companies Fail Customer Service Standards

Using government data, HealthPocket analyzed the quality of customer service within the call centers of Medicare Advantage companies. Hold times,...

Jul 14, 2014, 09:00 ET

HealthPocket: 2015 Obamacare Rate Filings Reveal Out-of-Pocket Cost Changes

To determine if 2015 will bring any significant changes in health insurance cost-sharing, HealthPocket examined out-of-pocket costs in public rate...

Jun 30, 2014, 10:34 ET

Nationwide Poll: Medicaid Gap is Confusing and Unfair

HealthPocket has released the results of a nationwide survey of consumer opinion regarding the gap where people can make too much for Medicaid...

Jun 18, 2014, 09:30 ET

Obamacare Premiums Unaffordable In Gap Between Medicaid Eligibility and Exchange Subsidies

HealthPocket released the findings of a major study today that examined premium affordability for 4.8 million Americans who earn too much to...

Jun 05, 2014, 09:30 ET

Study: Cheapest Off-Exchange Plans 40% More Expensive than Cheapest Exchange Plans

HealthPocket has released a major study comparing the lowest priced health plans on versus off exchange. For the off-exchange plans, HealthPocket...

May 21, 2014, 09:49 ET

Drug Costs For Seniors Vary Widely Among Medicare Part D Plans

An analysis of Medicare prescription drug plans in 50 states and DC revealed that on average the highest cost Part D plan in each state had 109%...