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Beyond premiums: Five things to know about health care costs in the exchanges


Arielle Levin Becker

There’s been a lot of interest lately in how much it will cost to buy a health plan through the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. But equally important, and often overlooked, is what those premiums will buy.

In fact, many consumer advocates are worried that people buying coverage through the exchanges will choose plans based solely on premiums and buy plans with such high deductibles and co-insurance they’ll be unable to afford care.

Arielle Levin Becker, who covers health care for The Connecticut Mirror, breaks down the the tiers of coverage, how subsidies will be calculated, out-of-pockets costs and other critical components that your readers, listeners and viewers are depending on you to explain.

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