Only 1 in 10 unemployed people buy into COBRA

Because of high premiums, only 9 percent of unemployed workers have COBRA coverage. Maintaining Health Insurance During a Recession: Likely COBRA Eligibility, a study from The Commonwealth Fund (CMWF), clarifies how COBRA is actually used by unemployed people in the U.S. CMWF calculates that: – Two of three working adults are eligible to buy into […]

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Prescription drugs as a luxury good in the U.S.

Drugs are becoming a luxury product in the U.S. for a growing number of citizens. The Center for Studying Health System Change (CSHSC) found that the proportion of Americans under age 65 who are having problems paying for prescription drugs grew from 10.3% in 2003 to 13.9% in 2007. This is a 35% increase.This finding […]

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Vitamin-takers are more health-engaged

150 million Americans take vitamins and other supplements every year. These people place health care issues as a top-two priority in their lives. The economy, as regular Health Populi readers know, has been Issue #1 for the majority of Americans since mid-2008. The 2008 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements confirms this. The Council for […]

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The growing affordability gap in health care

The affordability gap — that is, the difference between workers’ earnings and active employee health care costs — continues to increase. Health care costs have increased more than 150% over the past eight years, while employee wages have risen only 37%.For two decades, Towers Perrin has been tracking health costs in the U.S. On this […]

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Universal coverage and controlling costs – health priorities for President Obama

The most important elements of the economic stimulus package for health would be investing in health information technology, providing COBRA funding assistance for recently laid-off workers, and allowing unemployed Americans access to a public health insurance program. In the longer-run, getting to universal coverage while controlling costs and improving quality and efficiency should be the […]

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