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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%...

May 07, 2014, 09:30 ET

Gov Exchanges Beat Broker Exchanges in Obamacare & Medicare Insurance Markets

A comparison of government and broker exchanges for health insurance found government exchanges had more health insurance options than found on...

Apr 16, 2014, 10:00 ET

97% of Medicare Advantage Plans Offer Broader Coverage Than Original Medicare

Given the health reform debate over elevated Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates, HealthPocket investigated the prevalence of extra insurance...

Apr 01, 2014, 09:00 ET

State-by-State Obamacare Enrollment Extension Summary

March 31st marked the officially scheduled end of the first Open Enrollment Period for the Affordable Care Act. However, across the country, states...

Mar 31, 2014, 11:47 ET

HealthPocket Poll: 3-to-1 Believe Variations in Obamacare Enrollment Extensions Unfair

 The Administration announced a mid-April enrollment period extension for those who have begun insurance applications on the federal exchange...

Mar 26, 2014, 09:00 ET

HealthPocket Study: Medicare Advantage Cheapest Option for New Medicare Enrollee

Americans are turning 65 at a pace of 10,000 per day and they face a confusing array of insurance decisions regarding Medicare. To help this age...

Mar 12, 2014, 09:00 ET

Young Adults Can Face 41% Narrower Income Range for Obamacare Subsidies

HealthPocket examined health plan premium subsidies for 18 to 34 year-olds in eight major cities across the country and found this age group could...

Mar 07, 2014, 10:19 ET

Over Half of Americans Support Extension of Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

In the same week that the Obama Administration confirmed its March 31st cutoff to the Obamacare Open Enrollment Period, HealthPocket conducted a...

Feb 26, 2014, 10:00 ET

Top 10 Healthcare Services Excluded Under Obamacare

A study of the medical services most frequently excluded from coverage by Affordable Care Act plans found relatively little change as compared to...

Feb 13, 2014, 10:18 ET

HealthPocket Study Finds Copayments & Coinsurance Fees for Drugs Rise 34% Under Affordable Care Act

An examination of new health plans from 46 states revealed that copayments and co-insurance fees for drugs increased an average of 34% as compared...

Jan 22, 2014, 11:59 ET

Health Insurance Shopping Shortcuts Can Result in Expensive Mistakes

For consumers who use healthcare moderately, unnecessary out-of-pocket spending can result if a higher tier health plan (e.g. silver over bronze)...

Jan 08, 2014, 10:00 ET

Deductible Cap Waiver Has Big Consequences for Small Business, Reports HealthPocket

96% of Bronze Plans for Small Employers Exceed Deductible Limits The Affordable Care Act capped deductibles for small group health insurance...