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Old 06-18-2007, 10:27 AM   #1
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Poll - ACTUAL non-subsidized heatlh care cost in ER.

I'm really interested in the actual health care insurance paid by Early Retirees who have no (none whatsoever) health benefits from their former employers. I plan to retire in 3-4 years, and I will not have any subsidized health benefit. So please share if you don't mind.

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Number of people: 2
Ages: 52 and 55
Annual premium: $12,000
Deductible: $5,000/person
Location: Houston, TX
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:36 AM   #2
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I'm not retired, but you can see current rates for various individual plans (with various deductibles) at BCBS website for your state.
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Number of people: 2
Ages: 59 and 60
Annual premium: $7,500
Deductible: $5,000/person
Location: TX
Other notable: DW is in state high risk pool. Her premium is $4,700/yr and will increase by another $1,000/yr when she turns 60.
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Thank you REWahoo. That's exactly what I'm looking for. Real data from real people (I hope you're real )

The $7,500 premium, that's for both you and your wife, right?
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Number of people: 2
Ages: 53 and 51
Annual premium: $5,196
Deductible: $3,500 for me (HSA), $5,000 for DW
Location: CA
My premium is $188/mo, DW's is $245. With have Blue Cross.
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The $7,500 premium, that's for both you and your wife, right?
Yep.

(And I am real. Really.)
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Thank you Al and REWahoo. Wow. It does not look that bad (outrageously expensive). It's not cheap, but appears to be within reasons.

Hmm... I'm still working now, so my employee is carrying the major %age, 68%, of the cost, but my share is still $4,800/year. That's for medical (1K deductible/person), dental, term life, and accidental/dismemberment. And the family size is 4 (2 adults, 2 older children.)
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Living in the UK and UK resident. Private healthcare premiums $1,900 a year. Aged 52 and 53. That's with paying the first $1,000 of any treatment. Bad illness record in my early 20's probably boosts the cost.
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Thank you ashtondav. The amounts provided are in US dollar or British pound? Why are you buy private health care insurance? Doesn't England have a universal health plan which you are already paying for thru taxes?
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Annual premium:
--right now it is $3000 as I negotiated one year's health insurance through my former employer. Deductible is $750. Drug copays of $10, $30 or $60. Maximum out of pocket is $1500.

--As of January 1, 2008 we will have COBRA for 18 months. Monthly premium for family is $1086 or roughly $13,000 a year. Deductible and copays as above.

--After COBRA expires July 1 of 2009 we will be on the Minnesota risk pool. If we were enrolled now, my premium would be $377/month and Greg's $466/month, each with a $1000 deductible, $200 of which is for drugs. Total premium cost per year is $10,116. Maximum out of pocket is $3000 per person. Premium depends on age and whether you smoke. We get older, but don't smoke.

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REW & Al are real; we've all broken bread together.

Or at least whatever's left of REW after the chiggers have finished with him...
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Annual premium: $1020
Deductible: $5,000 (HSA)
Location: San Diego, CA
Insurer: Aetna

* This covers everything after deductible including prescriptions.
* Annual physical is covered by the plan, regardless of deductible.

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Old 06-18-2007, 05:20 PM   #14
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Annual premium: $3,480 for Kaiser HMO
Deductible: $1500
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I'm about to start looking for something less expensive with a higher deductible. Probably with Blue Shield of CA or Blue Cross.
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ABout $820/month for BC/BS Mass. Age 43, DW 40 and 4 minor children. $5000 deductible.
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Thanks all for sharing. So far it does not look as scary as I thought it would be.

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ABout $820/month for BC/BS Mass. Age 43, DW 40 and 4 minor children. $5000 deductible.
Ed, is that $5,000 deductible per person or for the whole family. $820/mth, or about 10K a year for a family of 6 is reasonable, isn't it?
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Two adults 45 and one 2 year old child, northern california

Cobra: 1340/month crappy blue cross $1500 deductible 80/20 plan
HMO: ~$900/mo no deductible $25 co-pay but they wont take us due to preexisting conditions
Same HMO forced to take us under HIPPA: about $1250
Same HMO forced to take us under the state high risk insurance plan: About $1000
Same BC plan as Cobra, under state high risk plan: About $1660
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Currently I am under COBRA, I expect the premium will increase after I get out of COBRA as I have diabetes.
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Ed, is that $5,000 deductible per person or for the whole family. $820/mth, or about 10K a year for a family of 6 is reasonable, isn't it?
$5000 per family, $2000 per individual. Its not outrageous, but being relatively healthy it means we pay the $10K+ per year, and still pay for all the other things too (i.e. another $2K in misc stuff that doesn't get paid because we haven't hit the deductible limit).
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