The Ottumwa Courier

September 5, 2013

Studies take early look at health law's premiums

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
Associated Press

---- — WASHINGTON (AP) — Coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law won't be cheap, but two independent private studies show that cost-conscious consumers hunting for lower premiums will have plenty of options.

A study released Thursday by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation found that government tax credits would lower the sticker price on a benchmark "silver" policy to a little over $190 a month for single people making about $29,000, regardless of the person's age.

By pairing their tax credit with a stripped-down "bronze" policy, some younger consumers can bring their premiums down to the range of $100 to $140 a month. Older people can drive their monthly cost even lower — well below $100 — if they are willing to take a chance with higher deductibles and copays.