Skip to comments.Health Insurance for Under $50 per Month?
Posted on 10/31/2013 2:49:57 PM PDT by NaturalBornConservative
If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. ~ Better Business Bureau
- By: Larry Walker, Jr. -
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) there are 7.2 million uninsured Americans ages 18 to 34 years, living in single-person households in the 34 states. And, of that total, 2.9 million are eligible to buy health insurance on either federal or state partnership insurance marketplaces. And among those 2.9 million, 1.3 million, or 46%, could pay less than $50 a month for a Bronze Plan.
Hmmm. That sounds, well, too good to be true. Lets see 1.3 million times $50 equals $65 million per month, or $780 million per year. Sounds like a good deal for insurers that is, since the balance of the monthly premium, perhaps another $50 or more, will be subsidized by taxpayers, and the risk of actually paying out any benefits, after high deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance levels are met, is next to nothing. Whats a Bronze Plan anyway, a worthless policy that covers nothing?
Generally speaking, the Bronze Plan is intended to have the lowest premium of the 4 new categories of plans (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum) but charge the highest out-of-pocket costs for healthcare services. For people without employer sponsored insurance, the Bronze plan is the minimum health insurance plan which satisfies the Affordable Care Acts health insurance mandate.
What HHS doesnt tell you is that Bronze Plans are designed so that policy owners wind up paying 40% or more of covered healthcare expenses in the form of out-of-pocket fees, and thats over and above the cost of the plans monthly premium. Although out-of-pocket expenses for individuals are expected to be capped at $6,350, keep in mind that this amount is reset each calendar year.
Out-of-pocket expenses include fees like deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. Different plans will approach the 40% or more that policy owners will pay in various ways, so it is important to research the financial details of a specific plan before deciding which one to purchase. For example, a person who has frequent medical expenses may want a Bronze Plan with a lower deductible, because they will be required to pay at least that much of their annual health care expenses in full.
Look over the following examples of Bronze Plans, and then well define the terms and discuss Example #2 in more detail.
Deductible - A deductible is the amount you pay for health care services before your health insurance begins to pay.
Coinsurance - Coinsurance is your share of the costs of a health care service. Its usually figured as a percentage of the total charge for the service. You pay coinsurance after reaching your annual deductible.
Co-pay - A co-payment, or doctors visit fee, is a fixed amount you pay for a health care service, usually when you receive the service. The amount can vary by the type of service. You may also have a co-payment when you get a prescription filled.
Example #2: Okay, so lets say the New York Bronze Plan (shown above) costs a young person $50 per month. What will he or she receive in return for this premium?
Well, since the annual deductible is $3,000, that means the insurance company wont pay out a solitary dime, until after the insured pays the first $3,000 in annual health care costs. Then, once this $3,000 annual deductible has been met, the policy only covers 50% of the cost of doctors visits (co-pay), and 50% of the cost of all other medical services (co-insurance). Its not until the insured reaches the annual out-of-pocket limit of $6,350 that the policy kicks in and pays all remaining expenses in full.
I hate to break it to you, but this alleged, under $50 per month, health insurance policy will actually wind up costing the poor sucker who buys it around $3,600 per year ($3,000 deductible + $600 premiums), or $300 per month, before it pays out a single dime in benefits. It will cost even more for plans with higher deductibles, and may wind up costing as much as $6,950 per year ($6,350 annual limit on out-of-pocket expenses + $600 annual premiums), or $580 per month, if ever actually utilized for a substantial amount of qualifying health care expenses.
Then theres the question of which expenses such a plan actually covers, if any, once its benefits do kick in. Who in the hell knows the answer to that? Since the government's official website is lacking in detail, even when it's working, apparently you have to buy it first, in order to find out. Yeah, just call the toll-free number and blindly sign up. I guess its better than nothing, although not by much in my opinion. On this earth you get what you pay for, but the cost of nothing is generally free.
The bottom line: Dont expect much from a health insurance plan costing less than $50 per month. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
How do deductibles, coinsurance and copays work?
Insurance for the young could be less than $50 a month
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New York has the better deal of the three states.
I wonder if Henry Waxman would consider one of these policies abuse?
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), who serves as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, called the private sale of cheap health individual insurance plans “the worst abuses of the insurance industry” and said that Obamacare would halt those abuses.-http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/30/Waxman-Selling-Individual-Insurance-is-Abuse
My Mom went into the hospital for 3 weeks in March. We have Medicare for her and Humana for the supplemental. We paid way more than 6300 dollars for her 3 week stay overall. I say that 6 grand on a 50 dollar a month fee is not bad. Most people pay way more. I agree that people should have more ability to pick the insurance they want which is why we hate Obamacare, but the price on those 3 states is pretty inexpensive.
What Liars these Democrats be.
You can get a plan for $50 dollars a month, and it isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
Say you finally had a bad year and your deductible reached $6,000 dollars in December. You get sick in January and your deductible starts all over.
The only way this policy would be any good at all is if you hade a catastrophic illness in January, and it paid the rest of the year—but only half.
Obamacare————The biggest scam to ever hit this country.
If they can't...will the taxpayer end up footing the bill?
I can get California Bronze and reduce the cost of my visit from $50 to $60, exactly like my weekly chocolate ration was increased from 30 grams to 20 grams!
At only $700 a month it could be a deal if it was a quarterly rate.
A lady MBA healthcare consultant I know tells me the typical pay rate on non-insured hospital costs is 3 to 7 percent.
The balance is written off.
Actually that’s what INSURANCE should be.
INSURANCE not PREPAID HEALTHCARE.
PREPAID HEALTHCARE funded by government or the employer insulates the user from costs and leads to over consumption and spiraling costs.
INSURANCE takes care of unexpected high healthcare costs.
But the consumer pays for a significant portion of normal expenses.
It is not a good deal for the young and healthy who only need catastrophic insurance. Comparing them to you mother on Medicare with supplemental insurance is not valid.
In Pennsylvania a Bronze plan for a 55 year old man and a 54 year old wife costs a little under $900 per month, has a $10,000 deductible and 20% copay.
it used to be under 50. I work for a large company where we had so called gold plated blue cross and we had a 10 dollar deduction per week.
those were the days. (not that long ago, actually)
A lot of providers though used to accept whatever the insurance paid. I went into the hospital back in the early 90’s....only 1 day but over $3K....quite a few providers between the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and there were one or two besides that.
But, I sent them the documentation from the insurance and they didn’t ask for more. A lot of people don’t know that.
Now, with Obamacare jerking the doctors around, and I fully expect them to do that, I don’t expect them to be quite so generous.
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