via The Daily Signal:
How Much Are Obamacare Deductibles Up in Your State?
by Leah Jessen | March 7, 2016
Americans across the country are paying higher health care deductibles under Obamacare.
Freedom Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting freedom and expanding opportunity, released an analysis of data tracking the weighted average of 2016 Obamacare deductibles in all 50 states.
A total of 41 states saw an average increase in deductibles.
“Higher Obamacare deductibles increase, by hundreds of dollars, what families must pay out of pocket to access their health insurance,” Nathan Nascimento, senior policy adviser at Freedom Partners, said in a prepared statement. “Instead of reducing costs, Obamacare regulations and mandates continue to drive up these costs and make quality care less accessible for hardworking families.”
According to Freedom Partners, the largest percentage increases in deductibles were in Mississippi (39 percent), Washington (31 percent), South Carolina (26 percent), Louisiana (24 percent), Florida (23 percent), Minnesota and Vermont (22 percent), Arizona (21 percent), and North Carolina (20 percent). Look up your state here.
Deductibles, separate from insurance premiums paid to an insurer, are the amount a consumer owes for health care services before health insurance coverage kicks in. For example, a $1,000 deductible means that under some health care plans, the insurer will not pay for covered services until the consumer has paid that $1,000 out-of-pocket cost.
Americans in 17 states face deductibles increasing by double-digit percentages. In many states, deductible costs are now $3,000 or more. (Read More)
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