Insure.com, a one-stop destination for unbiased, expert advice on health, life and home insurance, just published results from a new survey on health insurance preferences to coincide with open enrollment periods.
A majority of respondents (82%) report that health insurance is an important or very important component of their decision to join or stay with an employer. Despite that, 50% of consumers say their employer offers only one health plan.
Survey respondents are split as to what's most important when choosing a health plan. Below is a breakdown of those favoring:
* Low premiums -- 27%
* Low deductibles -- 22%
* Breadth of services -- 19%
* No referral requirements (such as a PPO or HMO) -- 10%
One change to health care over the past two years is the availability of short-term health plans. The low-cost/low-coverage plans are available to most Americans. Only people who live in states that forbid the plans lack the option. Survey respondents express little interest in those plans:
* 45% don't expect to change to a short-term plan
* 41% don't know about short-term plans
* 9% plan to switch to a short-term plan next year
* 4% already changed to a short-term plan
Respondents overwhelmingly support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that requires health insurers to cover people regardless of health condition or age. Before the ACA, individual health insurers could reject members or offer much higher rates to people with pre-existing conditions. The survey shows that 86% support the ACA requirement. Only 14% say they support ending the provision, although support dissipated a bit when those surveyed were told that rates may increase.
The complete study is published here: https://www.insure.com/health-insurance/open-enrollment-survey
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