States With the Highest and Lowest Health Insurance Costs
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

New York residents pay the most for basic health insurance, while residents of New Mexico pay the least, a new study released by indicates.

New York’s cheapest silver plan has a higher $3,000 deductible and the highest monthly premiums among the top 10 states with the most expensive health insurance costs in the study, at $366, compared with New Mexico, which has the lowest monthly premium at $181 a month.

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“Higher insurance costs in many states are tied to high costs of living or being in rural areas,” said Elyssa Kirkham, the lead GOBankingRates reporter on the study. “Where costs of living are high, like New York or Vermont, care is also likely to be more expensive, a cost which insurers pass to enrollees through higher premiums.”

The study compared silver plans —the most popular plan according to the Department of Health and Human Services —offered through the national or state-level insurance exchanges administered through the Affordable Care Act.

The lowest-cost silver plans for each state were ranked based on the favorability of the following cost factors:

      • The plan’s monthly premium
      • The deductible
      • The emergency care copay
      • The copay for care from a primary physician

Consumers who live in one of these states where premiums are the highest, according to the study, should expect to pay more each month for health insurance, with all premiums totaling at least $3,336 annually. They’ll also pay more for each doctor or emergency room visit, as the most expensive plans charge higher co-insurance rates and copays.

Those who live in states with lower premiums are able to save money in their monthly budgets, and with lower deductibles and copays, these residents are also more likely to pay less when they need to use health insurance.

More findings from the study:

The 10 States With the Highest Health Insurance Costs

New York
South Carolina
New Jersey

The 10 States With the Lowest Health Insurance Costs

New Mexico
District of Columbia

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.