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Health Insurance About To Get Very Expensive For America’s Unemployed

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Paying for health insurance gets a lot more expensive this week for the unemployed.

Millions of unemployed Americans pay for health insurance offered by their old companies through COBRA, and the federal government has been helping pay those premiums as part of the federal stimulus act.

But that assistance ends September 1st, according to Laval Miller-Wilson, executive director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project.

“For a typical family the subsidy reduced the cost of their health care costs to $4,725 a year, now it will increase to $13,000,” he says.

And Miller-Wilson says this will result in more people dropping health insurance because they can’t afford it, and turning to the emergency room for primary medical care.

Reported by Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • AJ in Philly

    @Ed-The parts of the HC reform act that would affect premiums have not been enacted. The insurance exchanges would do that. Technically, insurance compnaines are going to raise premiums while the system is still broken to set a new norm for premiums before 2014. Whether you believe it or not, insurance companies already ration care. Preapproval for procedures and tests is exactly that.

  • ed

    Obamacare passed, you morons – THIS IS OBAMACARE! How’s THAT working out for ya?
    If you thought health insurance was expensive before, wait til you see how expensive it is when it’s ‘free’ for everybody!

  • america's statesman

    Obama did NOT deliver either public-option or single-payer, meaning everyone is subsidized by the self-payer. This is why I have refused to buy health insurance for 20 yrs. I will not spend my last dollar for a welfare-schmuck to gamble away. Obama sold out like every Progressive since FDR (and including gen geo W shrub). I’m voting to change the corrupt American government. I’m voting for America’s Statesman, Ron Paul, and nobody else.

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  • Peter

    How’s that opposition to Obamacare workin’ for ya now?

    • grumpy

      Don’t forget to thank a Tea Bagger when you see one!

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