Employer health insurance dropped sharply from 2007-2010: Study

“In 2007, close to two of three people younger than 65 were enrolled in employer-sponsored insurance. By 2010, that share had fallen to slightly more than half, a decline of 10 percentage points, according to HSC’s nationally representative 2010 Health Tracking Household Survey (see Data Source and Figure 1). The sharp drop in employer coverage […]

Aetna profits up: revenue’s the same, but claims are down

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Revenue is up slightly, but claims are down at the health insurer Aetna, meaning that the company posted a sharply higher quarterly profit. Because of the low use of health services by members, in connection with the weak economy, “Aetna spent 80.7 percent of its premium revenue on medical claims in the quarter, well below the 83 […]

Health costs don’t rise as quickly — but don’t celebrate

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

  “Health care spending experienced historically low rates of growth in 2009 and 2010 as the impact of the recent recession continued to affect the purchasers, providers, and sponsors of health care,” the journal Health Affairs reports in a new article. But what does this mean? Does it mean that the nation’s  health costs have […]