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Aug 20, 2015, 09:00 ET

Study: Health Plans Avoiding 3rd Party Fee-for-Service Model Haven't Produced Big Premium Reductions

 HealthPocket released a study today that compared the cheapest premiums among traditional health insurance plans to the cheapest premiums of...

Jul 14, 2015, 09:15 ET

Study: Nonprofit Obamacare Insurers Have Lower Premiums than For-Profit Insurers in Most Counties that Use Healthcare.gov

Four of the five largest health insurance companies by market share in the United States are for-profit insurers, but over 60% of health plans with...

Jun 25, 2015, 09:15 ET

Study: 113 Fewer Counties Have Zero Premium Medicare Advantage Plans in 2015

 While most Medicare beneficiaries in 2015 have access to Medicare Advantage plans with $0 premiums, the availability of these plans has been...

Jun 11, 2015, 09:15 ET

Study: Proposed Obamacare Rates 12% higher for 2016

 HealthPocket analyzed rate filings for 3,771 plans in 45 states and found proposed Affordable Care Act premiums average a 12% rate increase...

Jun 02, 2015, 09:15 ET

Poll: Public Divided Over Tying Requirements to Obamacare Subsidies

 With the Supreme Court case King v. Burwell keeping Affordable Care Act subsidies in the news, HealthPocket conducted a nationwide poll of...

May 28, 2015, 10:17 ET

Study: 99% of Healthcare.Gov Zip Codes Saw Increased Consumer Demand in 2015

HealthPocket examined over 14,000 zip codes with more than 50 health insurance selections for enrollment on the Healthcare.gov marketplace and...

May 21, 2015, 09:30 ET

Exchange-Only Health Plans More Expensive Than Plans Sold Both On & Off-Exchange

When comparing the average premiums of exchange-only health plans to health plans sold simultaneously on-exchange and off-exchange, HealthPocket...

May 14, 2015, 12:00 ET

HealthPocket Study: Obamacare Premiums Higher in Counties Without Preferred Provider Organizations

 Obamacare health plans are required to meet the standards mandated in the Affordable Care Act, but plans may choose whether to cover...

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...