Study: People with personal health policies pay more

Sacramento BeeJune 21, 2010 

People who buy their own health insurance are being asked to pay 20 percent more for the same coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, but the study provided little data on what's behind spiking premiums.

In a study released today, the foundation found that about three-fourths of the country's 14 million people who don't get group coverage said they faced premium increases.

Most paid the increase, perhaps trapped by the inability to find other coverage because of preexisting conditions, researchers said. Those who switched plans, about 16 percent, "bought down" into plans that provide less comprehensive coverage.

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