The Cost of Care with Marketplace Coverage

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Private insurance plans typically require some form of cost sharing (also called out-of-pocket costs) when enrollees receive a health care service covered by their plan.  These expenses, which are in addition to the amount an enrollee spends on his or her monthly premium, come in a variety of forms, including copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Insurers use cost sharing to keep down monthly premiums, but cost sharing can also lead to unexpected costs for some enrollees and can be difficult to decipher when shopping for plans or reviewing medical bills. This brief shows the cost sharing in plans sold to individuals through, with a focus on the variation in the ways plans may set cost sharing for services, such as physician visits, prescription drugs, and hospital stays.

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Date: Feb 2015
Author: Kaiser Family Foundation