MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a statement that 2019 Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plan prices will drop by 1.5% for silver plans (SLCSP), the middle tier of ACA plans. Previous years saw significant increases, with premiums doubling. Even with the 1.5% decline in SLCSP rates for 2019, American consumers have been dealt a net rate increase of 69.2% from 2016 to 2019. Price stabilization is a key factor in measuring the effectiveness of the ACA.
With good news there is bad news. The bad news is that the average silver plan premium in 2018 was $536.94 for a 40-year-old female non-smoker, so it's not much relief for those Americans priced out of the ACA market. An analysis of 2018 ACA exchange plan affordability found that a family of three earning the average U.S. household income, with parents age 30 and one child, would not be able to find an affordable Silver plan in any county. The 1.5% decline in rates in the coming year will likely not provide much relief. In comparison a recent analysis of short term health insurance plans for a 40-year-old female non-smoker on AgileHealthInsurance.com found an average monthly premium of $199.93 and this included plans with much lower deductibles than the average ACA silver plan. Although short term health insurance does not include the same breadth of benefits as ACA plans, they provide medical coverage for illnesses and injuries and include services such as emergency room, hospitalization, doctors, specialists, labs, and other important benefits.
In 2019, there will be a wide variance in costs between states as health care prices remain largely based on locality. For example, those in the state of Washington will see an average premium increase of 13.8% for ACA marketplace plans while those in Iowa will see their first rate decrease for these plans with the state average premium dropping by 7.9%. In the short term health insurance market, there will be great variance as well with the average monthly premium for a 40-year-old female being $146.24 in Kansas, but $331.95 in Florida.
Both the number of ACA and short term health insurance products have increased this year. Gavin Southwell, CEO of AgileHealthInsurance.com's parent company, HIIQ, commented, "American consumers want choices when it comes to purchasing health insurance. Lower ACA premiums are a win for everyone. So is the expansion of short term health insurance to 12 month durations. With so many options, consumers can explore, compare, and find the right plan for their needs and budget."
Agilehealthinsurance.com offers thousands of short term health insurance and Obamacare alternative plans with varying levels of benefits, deductibles, and monthly premiums.
AgileHealthInsurance.com was launched in 2015 to educate consumers on the availability of private market health insurance products that are alternatives to Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) plans. Today AgileHealthInsurance is the largest distributor of short-term health insurance, providing a fast, online process for purchasing these plans. Short-term health insurance is a flexible and low-cost major medical insurance for individuals without expensive pre-existing health conditions. It is not Obamacare. Short-term health plans offer consumers the flexibility to choose health plans with the benefits that matter most to them and combine these benefits with broad provider networks. Additional information about AgileHealthInsurance can be found at www.AgileHealthInsurance.com.
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