Rising Premiums Rankle People Paying Full Price For Health Insurance

Shela Bryan of Hull, Ga., is looking for a new health insurance policy but has been stunned by the prices.

Steven Bush/Courtesy of Shela Bryan


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Shela Bryan of Hull, Ga., is looking for a new health insurance policy but has been stunned by the prices.

Steven Bush/Courtesy of Shela Bryan

Shela Bryan, 63, has been comparing prices for individual health insurance plans since May, and she can’t believe what she has been seeing.

“They cost a thousand, $1,200 [a month], and they have a deductible of $6,000,” she said. “I don’t know how they think anyone can afford that.”

Bryan, who lives in Hull, Ga., a hamlet of about 200, was on her husband’s insurance plan for decades. When he died in 2013, she continued his workplace coverage through COBRA, but she had to pay almost the full price of the insurance, or about $800 a month. But it was “the Cadillac of insurance,” Bryan said, with low copays, prescription drug coverage and a $500 deductible.

That option will

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/07/497029662/rising-premiums-rankle-people-paying-full-price-for-health-insurance?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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