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16 Feb, 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...


20 Jan, 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....


20 Nov, 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...


18 Nov, 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...


13 Nov, 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...


30 Oct, 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. ...


29 Oct, 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...


13 Oct, 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...


19 Sep, 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...


16 Sep, 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...


26 Aug, 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...


07 Aug, 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,...


14 Jul, 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...


30 Jun, 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...


05 Jun, 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...


21 May, 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%...


07 May, 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...


01 Apr, 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...


31 Mar, 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...


26 Mar, 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...


13 Feb, 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...


08 Jan, 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...


19 Dec, 2013, 10:44 ET Cheapest Affordable Care Act Plan Depends on Your Age & Medical Use

Top-Tier plans not necessarily the most expensive Using the average premiums for the four main categories of Affordable Care Act health plans,...


17 Dec, 2013, 10:47 ET Looming Health Coverage Lapses Bring New Scrutiny to Short-Term Insurance

 Given that exchange technical glitches have produced insurance enrollment problems, some consumers may turn to the short-term insurance market...


10 Dec, 2013, 10:49 ET Analysis Reveals Average Out-of-Pocket Cost for Obamacare Plans

Significant differences in out-of-pocket costs across new 'metal' plans  HealthPocket analyzed Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plan data...