Gregg Stokes of Reno had been paying more than $1800 dollars a month for health coverage for his wife and two kids – more than his mortgage payments.
So Stokes was looking for a better deal this open enrollment period.
“I wasn’t looking for bronze, or gold I was looking in that sweet spot, a silver plan…that met my family’s needs and my budget,” says Stokes.
Stokes had problems enrolling through the Nevada Health Link website, so an insurance broker helped him.
“My rates went down. I got a better plan, for $400 plus dollars a month less,” he says.
But monthly premiums are only one part of health care costs.
The non-profit Consumers Union says a lot of times, plans with lower premiums have higher out of pocket costs.
Julie Silas of Consumers Union says shoppers should consider how they use health care.
She says they should look at associated costs like deductibles, doctor co-pays and x-rays.
“The idea of the bronze plan is that it’s going to cost less per month but how much you have to pay in services is going to be higher. And the higher premiums you pay like in a platinum plan, the less the services will cost. So that’s a trade off,” says Siris.
Gregg Stokes’s family deductible changed in his new plan, but he says he still comes out ahead.
California lawmakers say public opinion has changed since the last time “right to die” legislation has been proposed in the state. That may explain why a group of Democratic lawmakers has introduced the “End of Life Option Act.”
Covered California: More Health Insurance Carriers Can Sell Individual Policies In Underserved AreasFriday, January 16, 2015
The Covered California board of directors has adopted a new policy that will allow more health insurance carriers to sell in areas of the state where there are few options now.
(AP) -- A newborn baby has died from whooping cough in California. It's the fourth death in a year as the state deals with an epidemic.
California Governor Jerry Brown is setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars in next year’s state budget to pay for high-cost drugs, mostly to treat Hepatitis C.
The California Department of Insurance issued an emergency regulation today [Monday] intended to assure improved healthcare access to Californians.