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Nov 11, 2019, 00:00 ET Americans Are Cutting Back on Other Monthly Expenses to Afford Healthcare Premiums

Open enrollment is just kicking off and "survey says": insured Americans aren't impressed. HealthPocket, a free information source designed to help...


Jun 20, 2018, 09:15 ET Highest Premiums & Top Ratings For Medicare Plans Don't Produce Broadest Coverage of Expensive Medications

HealthPocket® released a study of 2018 Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans that revealed the difficulties facing Medicare beneficiaries when ...


Dec 15, 2017, 08:00 ET Survey: About 1-in-4 Know Obamacare Enrollment Period Ends Today In Most States

HealthPocket.com® today released the results of a nationwide poll that found only about one in four adults surveyed know that today (December 15th)...


Oct 12, 2017, 13:00 ET New Executive Order Expected To End Obama Regulation Limiting Short-Term Health Insurance Coverage to 3 Months

The Trump administration issued a new executive order today that laid the foundation to reverse the Obama administration's late 2016 rule restricting ...


Oct 04, 2017, 08:32 ET 2018 Brings Good News for Medicare Beneficiaries

HealthPocket® released its examination of 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D plans this morning. Nationally, the 2018 average premiums for both...


Sep 25, 2017, 08:33 ET Survey: $100 a Month Remains Max Health Insurance Premium For Most Americans

For the third year since 2015, HealthPocket® conducted a nationwide poll exploring health insurance affordability. HealthPocket asked 1,225 adults...


Sep 05, 2017, 08:00 ET Study: Obamacare Out-of-Pocket Charges for High-Cost Specialty Drugs Escalate in 2017

Today HealthPocket® released the results of a comprehensive investigation of drug cost-sharing within Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans. Given...


Sep 22, 2015, 09:00 ET Study: $0 Premium Medicare Advantage Plans Increase in 2016 After 5 Years of Decline

Analysis of newly released government data revealed that there will be more $0 premium Medicare Advantage plans available in 2016 as compared to 2015....


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 in...


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 for 2016. ...


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 public...


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 found...


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 out-of-network...


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 BlueCross...


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 without the ...


Nov 13, 2014, 09:00 ET Medicare Part D Study: Overemphasizing Deductible in Plan Selection Can Lead to Higher Annual Costs

HealthPocket examined 2015 Medicare Part D drug plans and found that deductibles tended to decrease as premiums increased. However, the extra premium ...


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. However,...