Re: [IP] Insurance Increase for 2010
At 02:01 AM 10/1/2009, Stacey P. Martin wrote:
>Wow, that's cheap for a family insurance plan. The insurance I have
>through my employer costs just under $400 for a single person, and I
>pay half of that. Family insurance is about $1000 at my workplace
>and the company only pays half a single person's amount so most of
>that family cost falls on the employee. If I didn't get insurance
>through work, I'd be out of luck because of various pre=existing
>conditions and the cost. I blame this on the insurance companies
>getting away with murder.
I agree. The new individual policy offered by my insurance for two
people my and my husband's age is $1,300 a month. This plan covers
mostly everything at a 30% co-pay with a $1,000/$2,000 deductible and
prescriptions at 50% co-pay. Our current policy, which is no longer
offered, is $300 per month but doesn't cover many things like
prescriptions, doctor office visits and maintenance care. Everything
it does cover after deductible is at a 30% co-pay.
I'd still like to know what kind of coverage he has for $458 a
month. I'd bet it's a lot better than what I have, and I would be
thrilled to have it and pay that premium.
>The business model is just wrong for dealing with healthcare. The
>business model says that insurance companies should charge as much
>as they can and give as little as they can. That means that the
>insurance company wants to deny as much as they can in terms of
>coverage because that saves them money, and they want to pay out as
>little as possible as well. This, in my opinions, is just the wrong
>way to deal with healfthcare. Under this model, an insurance
>company would be much better off just saying we don't cover
>diabetes. Luckily, various governments, state and federal, have
>rules about what has to be covered.
You got that right. However, if the govt. only requires private
insurance to cover pre-existing conditions with no caveats, then they
can charge us whatever they want to cover us. $5,000 a
month? $10,000 a month? Sure, and they can say they're following
the law and covering pre-existing. I'm not going to get into health
care reform, but if there's nothing to force insurance companies to
offer insurance with decent coverage for a reasonable cost, they can
and will do whatever they want. Just like they are now.
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